PBA: TNT stays patient as Erram trade is reviewed

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 25 2020 08:10 PM

MANILA -- The TNT franchise is staying patient even as its proposed trade for big man Poy Erram remains under review by the league's trade committee.

TNT last week engaged in a three-team deal with NLEX and Blackwater that would bring Erram to the KaTropa. The Road Warriors confirmed the transaction, even expressing their gratitude to Erram for his services to the franchise. 

The deal, however, has yet to be approved by the PBA Commissioner's Office with just under two weeks left before the All-Filipino Cup starts.

"'Yung kay Poy, nasa trade committee," Commissioner Willie Marcial said on Tuesday. "They're looking at it, and we're just waiting to hear."

"Wala pang binibigay sa akin na dapat kong pirmahan," he added.

TNT team governor Ricky Vargas, who is also the chairman of the PBA Board, said they are keeping patient and waiting for the decision of the committee.

"We follow the rules," he stressed. "We wait for whatever the trade committee is saying."

"We are patient and we follow the rules. As a professional league and as Talk 'N Text, we value going through the process, so that's important to us as well as the outcome," Vargas added. 

"We are to be fair to everybody."

According to the reported terms of the deal, TNT will send Marion Magat and a first-round pick to Blackwater, in exchange for a first-round pick. The Elite will then send that pick, another selection of their own, and Anthony Semerad to NLEX in exchange for Erram.

Erram will then head to TNT in exchange for Ed Daquioag and another first-round pick.

With the trade still hanging in the balance, Erram was included in NLEX's roster for the upcoming Philippine Cup. Both Daquioag and Magat are also still in TNT's lineup, even though both players already trained with Blackwater and even attended their team-building sessions ahead of the conference.

"We're looking for something to cure it," Vargas said of the trade. "Ano mang issues they have in mind, (we're in) continuous dialogue. We're trying to work it out."

The TNT executive acknowledged the possibility that the trade may be rejected.

"But my experience with the trade committee is they have not disapproved of any trade," he added. "They just improve on the trade, on how they view it as fair to everybody."

Erram averaged 10.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks in the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup, wherein the Road Warriors earned the No. 1 seed but fell to NorthPort in the quarterfinals.

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