This is the 3rd trade the PBA has approved in 4 days
Published 12:42 PM, June 21, 2018
Updated 12:43 PM, June 21, 2018
TRADE. Gabby Espinas (right) returns to the GlobalPort Batang Pier while Kelly Nabong will play for his 3rd team in his 6-year PBA career. File photos from PBA Images
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.
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 saw action in just one game for San Miguel in the mid-season conference and did not tally any significant statistics.