NLEX set to reacquire Michael Miranda to boost frontcourt
MANILA, Philippines—NLEX is set to reunite with Michael Miranda in a move that would bolster the team’s frontline.
In a press release on Tuesday, the Road Warriors said a trade with NorthPort is already in the works involving Miranda and point guard Juami Tiongson.
“It so happened that Mike was available. Since Mike came from our team before and knows my system, he became a natural consideration,” said NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao.
“We did not want to give up Juami, but NorthPort insisted that he be the one included in the deal. We offered our second round picks but they insisted on Juami,” Guiao added.
Miranda played for the Road Warriors last year before being included in the three-team deal centered on Poy Erram.
The 28-year-old Miranda had his best season yet during his first stint with NLEX where he developed a reliable outside shot apart from his defensive capabilities and the Road Warriors hope the former San Sebastian slotman would pick up where he left off.
Like Miranda, Tiongson also blossomed under Guiao’s tutelage and his transformation did not go unnoticed.
“The mere fact that they insisted that he be part of the trade proves how much he has grown. He had actually just been granted a contract renewal with NLEX before the trade, which is an indication that he’s going to be in the league for a while. He has earned it. We’re happy to have been part of his improvement and his development in his career. I wish Juami the best and hope he plays well.”
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