GlobalPort ships Nabong to San Miguel for Espinas, future pick

Delfin Dioquino
GlobalPort ships Nabong to San Miguel for Espinas, future pick
This is the 3rd trade the PBA has approved in 4 days

MANILA, Philippines – Right after Barangay Ginebra pulled the trigger on two moves that bolstered its roster, sister team San Miguel has followed suit. 

The Beermen have acquired the services of Kelly Nabong after they traded veteran slotman Gabby Espinas and their 2020 second round pick to the GlobalPort Batang Pier. 

This is the 3rd trade the PBA has approved in 4 days. Last Monday, June 18, the Gin Kings traded their 2018 first round pick to the Phoenix Fuel Masters for Jeff Chan before shipping Paolo Taha to GlobalPort for Julian Sargent the day after. 

Nabong’s arrival fortifies San Miguel’s already-stacked frontcourt in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, which already boasts 4-time league Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, Christian Standhardinger and import Renaldo Balkman. 

The temperemental forward, who was picked up by the Batang Pier in the offseason after a controversial exit from the Meralco Bolts, averaged 7.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 6 games with GlobalPort this conference. 

Espinas, meanwhile, is expected to see his minutes rise in GlobalPort after barely playing for the Beermen.

The 12-year pro, who won 4 championships with San Miguel, saw action in just one game for the Beermen in the mid-season conference and did not tally any significant statistics. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.