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NLEX gives thanks to Poy Erram as trade to TNT looms

Poy Erram is TNT-bound. PBA Media Group (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—NLEX confirmed that Poy Erram is on the trading block.

In a statement on Monday night, the Road Warriors will indeed ship the six-foot-eight center to the TNT KaTropa, hours after he still played for the former in a pocket tournament game against the San Miguel Beermen.

"We thank Poy for his hard work, sacrifice and dedication to our organization, and wish him the best as he continues his career in the PBA," NLEX stated.

As first reported by Gerry Ramos of Spin.PH, Erram is set to join TNT in a three-team trade  proposal submitted to the PBA Commissioner's Office that also includes, interestingly enough, Blackwater, where his career blossomed.

The Road Warriors will acquire Anthony Semerad from the Elite, who will then get Marion Magat and Ed Daquioag from the KaTropa.

The said swap will also see future draft picks exchanging hands, although the exact selections Blackwater, NLEX, and TNT will give up are yet to be known.

Erram, who was actually drafted by the KaTropa in 2013, joined the Road Warriors in a trade prior to last season in efforts to shore up their frontline.

With him and returning Kiefer Ravena around, NLEX clinched the top seed in the Governors' Cup playoffs, but the team's run was cut short when eighth-seeded NorthPort overcame a twice-to-beat disadvantage to beat NLEX in the quarterfinals.

"Our organization recognizes Poy's contributions towards our team's growth in 2019," the Road Warriors further stated while also mentioning about Erram's off-court deeds with NLEX Corporation employees.

Despite losing one of their key players, the Road Warriors vowed, "As an organization, we continue to look towards the future and place the NLEX Road Warriors in a position for success in the PBA."

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