While other teams in the PBA such as Powerade and Rain or Shine have already dismissed the idea of bringing in NBA players as their respective imports because they're too expensive, the Talk 'n Text Tropang Texters (TNT) is open to the idea. They are willing to spend money, probably because they have the means to do so especially with Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) around.
We all know that the NBA is in a lockout right now and their players including the likes of Kobe, Durant, CP3 and D-Rose are now allowed to go overseas and play for any professional team that they want. In fact, that was one of the biggest reason aside from the budget of MVP, why the very successful Ultimate All Star Weekend happened here in the Philippines.
The Ultimate All Star Weekend in the Philippines made coach Chot Reyes confident about the idea of having an NBA Player as an import in the PBA. He said that:
“A lot of people thought this (Ultimate All Star Weekend) is not going to happen and then we made it happen. So having some of them playing as imports isn’t impossible after all.”
The MVP Productions was reported to have paid Kobe, Durant and D-Rose $400,000 each. That's a total of 16.7757088 million pesos. That's way too big. Well, that's just an enough proof that they are really capable of having an NBA player as their import in the PBA.