PBA expansion team NLEX remains optimistic despite being denied of a direct-hire right


The PBA expansion teams were denied by the league's Board of Governors of the rights to have direct-hires but one of the expansion teams, NLEX Road Warriors remains optimistic.


The Road Warriors remained positive about their impending entry into the PBA that will start in the Governor's Cup despite the fact that expansion teams will not directly sign amateur stars for next season.

NLEX's Possitive Outlook


A five-time D-League titlist, the powerhouse Road Warriors is considered to be the strongest team in the amateur ranks having talented players in their lineup which includes Garvo Lanete, Ray Parks, Kevin Alas, Matthew Rosser, Jake Pascual, and Ronald Pascual.

NLEX had an earlier plan of moving five stars to the pro but that won't happen anymore following the league's decision.

The PBA decision, however, won’t deter NLEX from trying to build a title contender at the next level.

“It’s a temporary setback for us not to be allowed to directly elevate some of our players from our team in the D-League, but we’re 99 percent committed and really interested to join the PBA,” NLEX team manager Allan Gregorio told InterAksyon.com.

A former assistant coach with SMART-Gilas Pilipinas under Rajko Toroman, Gregorio drew parallels between that squad and NLEX.

“Parang mangyayari sa amin yung nangyari sa Gilas before. Mangyayari rin sa amin hiwahiwalay na papasok yung mga players,” said Gregorio.

“But that won’t hinder our planned participation in the PBA. We’ll create a team based on the concessions given to us.”


Expansion Draft

But there are still good news for the expansion teams because instead of direct hires, the PBA granted more concessions for NLEX and fellow expansion teams Blackwater and Kia.

The PBA increased the scope of the expansion draft, allowing current teams to protect just 12 players from an initial 14.

The league also conferred the first three second round picks for the new teams. Earlier, the PBA granted the expansion squads the 11th, 12th, and 13th selections in the first round. The new teams would also get the first three picks of the second round — the 14th, 15th, and 16th overall selections.

The PBA expansion teams will still have a competitive team each considering how talented Filipino basketball players are.

--- with reports from Sports5.ph

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