The NorthPort Batang Pier are wheeling and dealing. After completing the trade to acquire Juami Tiongson from the NLEX Road Warriors, the Batang Pier sent their newest player to the Columbian Dyip as part of two separate trades with the team.
In a straight swap of players, the Batang Pier send Tiongson to the Dyip for scoring guard Jerramy King as part of the first of two approved trades. The second deal between the two teams involved an exchange of big men. The Dyip send Russell Escoto to the Batang Pier for Lervin Flores and Joseph Gabayni.
This trade further strengthens the rotation of the Batang Pier. In last season’s Governor’s Cup, King was Columbian’s best local scorer, averaging 20 points per game. He had to miss the first five months of this year due to a knee injury but has been working his way back in the final few games of the Dyip last conference. Escoto on the other hand will give the Batang Pier a back-up center that can do the same things as Mo Tautuaa. Escoto can score inside and hit the outside shot as well.
As for the Dyip, the open up opportunities for the rest of the team. With King and Escoto out of the rotation, players like Jackson Corpuz, Eric Camson, Reden Celda and JP Calvo are now empowered to pick up the slack. This also means that CJ Perez is now the clear main option for the Dyip moving forward.
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