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Mikey Williams-less TNT also headed north for Ilocos training camp

Days after the Meralco Bolts left for Laoag, Ilocos Norte, sister team TNT Tropang Giga is set to follow for their own "bubble" training camp in the northern city, head coach Chot Reyes confirmed to ESPN5.com.

Once all members of the team test negative in their RT-PCR tests, they will leave for the northern provincial capital on Wednesday and will train there until May 31. According to Reyes, they had been swabbed last Monday and last May 12.

Much like Meralco's delegation, which arrived last Sunday and is staying until May 26, TNT will bring to Laoag the PBA's mandated maximum of 25 personnel composed of players, coaching staff, and team officials.

Expected to join are mainstays Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Poy Erram, Ryan Reyes, Jay Washington, and the returning Kelly Williams who had re-emerged from a months-long retirement.

When asked whether third overall pick Mikey Williams is joining the "bubble," the veteran mentor answered in the negative.

"No, he's not yet here," said Reyes, himself coming back to coaching to guide the Tropang Giga who finished as runners-up in the 2020 Philippine Cup, through text.

Upon his arrival from the U.S., the Fil-Am guard will need to undergo at least a week of quarantine and yield a negative swab test.

On the other hand, the third team of the MVP Group, the NLEX Road Warriors, signified their intentions to hold practices in Clark, Pampanga later this week.

"PBA just informed us we still cannot practice pending clarification from the DOH/IATF. So practice (in the NCR) are still suspended. We plan to go out of town by Wednesday or Thursday for practice in Clark," Guiao told the team's official website.

The team was supposed to hold practices at the Epsilon Chi Center inside the UP Diliman campus, but current government quarantine restrictions have continued to bar them from doing so.

Per a team source, the Games and Amusements Board is inspecting the Alpha Aviation Basketball Court in Clark, while NLEX has also sought approval from the local government unit.

If the team gets the nod, the players will observe a closed-circuit format from their homes to the gym.

"If we are not allowed to practice in NCR this week, we will just go to the practice facility daily. We will stay [in Clark] for another week in the last week of May," continued Guiao.