Magnolia to bring back Romeo Travis for Governors' Cup

Richard Dy1 Minute Read

Romeo Travis, close friend of NBA star LeBron James, is set to return to the PBA when the Magnolia Hotshots Pambansang Manok defend their Governors' Cup crown starting September.

Travis posted a short message on his official Instagram account, saying "I'm coming back."

Magnolia team governor Rene Pardo also confirmed the news that they will bring back Travis.

"Yes, Romeo is set to arrive on August 20 when the team resumes practice," Pardo told ESPN5 on Tuesday.

Travis' latest professional cage stint was with the Thai ballclub Mono Vampire, which reached the semifinals before eventually losing to the 2019 Asean Basketball League runner-up CLS Knights Indonesia.

The 34-year-old Travis averaged all-around numbers of 15.3 points, 11.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.1 blocks in 36.2 minutes for Mono Vampire.

Travis had a memorable night in Game 4 of the 2018 Governors' Cup semifinals when he poured 21 of a PBA career-high 50 points in the fourth quarter to lead Magnolia to a 112-108 win over Barangay Ginebra.

The win vaulted Magnolia to the finals, while putting an end to Ginebra's title-retention bid. Travis then went on to lead the Hotshots to a championship, defeating the Alaska Aces in six games.

Travils will be one of several foreign reinforcements who will make another tour of duty in the PBA Governors' Cup. Olu Ashaolu and Justin Brownlee will return for NLEX and Ginebra, respectively. In a previous report, Meralco coach Norman Black said there's a "strong possibility" that Allen Durham will be back for the Bolts.

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