Not so fast, Kiefer: PBA thumbs down Ravena’s Japan team signing

Not so fast, Kiefer: PBA thumbs down Ravena's Japan team signing

MANILA, Philippines – Kiefer Ravena’s signing with a Japanese team would be disallowed as the point guard is currently under contract with the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA.

PBA commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed this Wednesday.

“Hindi pwede. Sa league rules, may Uniform Players Contract (UPC) siya, so hindi pwede," said Marcial.

NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena’s Japan B. League stint with Shiga Lakestars may still be up in the air as the PBA said it is not allowed given his existing contract under league rules. @PhilippineStar@StarSportsHub@PhilstarNews

— John Bryan Ulanday (@bryanulanday) June 2, 2021

The Philippine basketball community was stunned after it was announced that the 27-year-old star has joined the Shiga Lakestars in the Japan B. League.

This despite Ravena having signed a fresh three-year contract with NLEX last September.

Under the PBA UPC, a player is committed in a contract not only to his mother team but also to the league.

— John Bryan Ulanday (@bryanulanday) June 2, 2021

The camps of Ravena and NLEX, including Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao, have been sought for comment, but there are no replies as of posting time.

Kiefer’s brother Thirdy currently plays for NeoPhoenix in the same Japan league.

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