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SMB sends Kelly Nabong to NortPort for Russel Escoto


San Miguel and NorthPort have struck a deal to exchanged power forwards heading into the next PBA season.

This is after the Beermen sent Kelly Nabong to the Batang Pier in exchange for Russel Escoto.

Nabong, who was recently involved in an in-team scuffle that led to his indefinite suspension along with Ronald Tubid and Arwind Santos, averaged 4.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in the Governors’ Cup with the Beermen.

This will be Nabong’s third stint with the NorthPort franchise. The 6-foot-6 big man first played for the Batang Pier from 2013 to 2015 then from 2017-2018 before he got traded to the Beermen for Gabby Espinas.

Escoto, meanwhile, will be on his biggest team to date after spending his first four years with Columbian and the Batang Pier.

The former FEU big man averaged 3.7 points, and 2.4 rebounds for the Dyip in the third conference.