San Miguel and NorthPort have agreed on a trade, exchanging Christian Standhardinger for Mo Tautuaa, the PBA reported on its website on Monday.
Standhardinger has played in four games for the Beermen this conference, averaging 3.5 points and 4.0 rebounds. He will first suit up for the Batang Pier on October 23, when NorthPort takes on San Miguel.
Tautuaa, who is averaging 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.3 assist per game in the PBA Governors' Cup, said the news was relayed to him by the Batang Pier management even before the news came out.
"They gave me a call, it was professionally done. They gave me a call and made sure everything was checked out before I find out on the internet. They gave me a heads-up. It's all good terms you know. They love me over there, and I love my NorthPort family," he said.
The former 2015 No. 1 pick will be playing for his second team in the PBA after getting traded by TNT franchise to NorthPort two years ago. Tautuaa said he's still absorbing the news, but this was something he expected for a long time now.
"Like last time, you see a lot of stuff. All the pieces keep changing but there's always one constant. The only constant was myself. Last time with TNT, there were a lot of trade rumors. I've seen this pattern before. I was surprised but I could feel it coming because it's been two to three conferences that I've been hearing about it," he said. "I'm still trying to digest it you know. That's how it works, you gotta go with what you got."
Tautuaa said he's ready to fit seamlessly into San Miguel's system and plans to play in the Beermen's Sunday game against Columbian Dyip.
"I think I'll fit fine. Playing against June Mar, I know how he plays. And I feel like they have an established inside presence and they need an inside-outside relief. Just different looks. I'm gonna try my best to be what they need," he said. "I'm happy that I get to play the game some more. I just wanna help, be a better player, and fit where I can."
ESPN5's JC Ansis contributed to this report.