After almost two weeks, Poy Erram will finally be headed back to his original PBA team after the TNT KaTropa, Blackwater Elite and NLEX Road Warriors reportedly came up with a new trade proposal that was acceptable to the league's trade committee.
The NLEX center will be the centerpiece of a revised three-team swap that was submitted late Wednesday to the PBA trade committee, which had earlier ordered the three teams to rework the trade. The addition of TNT center Yousef Taha to the deal was the move that finally got it over the hump, sources told ESPN5.com.
Under the new trade, Blackwater will first receive Erram from the Road Warriors for forward Anthony Semerad, center Rabeh Al-Hussaini, a 2020 first-round pick and a 2021 second-rounder.
TNT will then take in Erram in exchange for Taha, center Marion Magat, guard Ed Daquioag, and the KaTropa's 2021 and 2022 first round draft picks.
Erram will reunite with the team that drafted him back in 2013, where he spent about a year as a practice player.
TNT, which was viewed as the one of the stronger contenders vying for the Philippine Cup trophy, will be adding a strong interior presence that will complement its plethora of guards led by Jayson Castro and Ray Parks.
TNT active consultant Mark Dickel said he was "excited" to get Erram.
"He will be a great fit here at TNT," Dickel said in a message to ESPN5.com. "With his length and timing he will anchor our defense. I am sorry to see Ed, Marion and Yousef leave. All of them in their time with us were true professionals and I wish them the best. I am sure they will all play well at Blackwater."
Erram normed 10.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots in his last Governors' Cup stint with NLEX. He was sorely missed in their do-or-die quarterfinals game against NorthPort as he was suspended for fighting.
Meanwhile, Daquioag averaged 6.2 markers, 1.8 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, appearing in 11 contests for Rain or Shine. He was swapped to the KaTropa last January for three second-round picks (2020, 2021, 2022) but never had a chance to suit up for the team in an official PBA game.
Magat, on the other hand, only had averages of 0.9 points, 0.7 rebounds, and 0.1 assists in limited playing time for TNT. Taha, who only appeared in four games last conference, put up averages of 0.75 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 0.5 blocks.
Semerad only managed to play in two contests for the Elite in the Governors' Cup as he was coming off a shoulder injury, and was not able to make much of an impact. Playing all 11 games for Blackwater, the former top pick Al-Hussaini tallied averages of 3.9 points and 1.7 rebounds.