San Miguel ships away Kelly Nabong back to NorthPort for Russell Escoto

The San Miguel Beermen cleared the decks of a controversial player and made way for a young talent in an offseason trade.

The league announced earlier today that the Beermen traded Kelly Nabong back to his old team, the NorthPort Batang Pier, for lanky forward, Russell Escoto.

Nabong was suspended last November 20 by the Beermen for his role in an incident that occurred during their practice on November 20. Before the incident, Nabong was a key contributor off the bench for the Beermen. He played 15 minutes as the back up big man, averaging four points and four rebounds in 10 Governors’ Cup games.

This moves allows both parties to start fresh.

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The Beermen welcome Escoto, a back-up big man with a similar skillset as Nabong. Escoto isn’t afraid to mix it up in the paint and he also has a decent outside shot, hitting 67% of his shots from beyond the arc in the Governors’ Cup (on nearly one attempt a game).

As for Nabong, he joins his old squad, bringing a dose of toughness and rugged play. The Batang Pier have shown that they’re a blue collar team, willing to do the dirty work to win games. Nabong will fit in well given this new identity of the team.