Denok Miranda gets new lease on life as Blackwater signs free agent PBA guard
Unrestricted free agent Denok Miranda is the back in the PBA after signing a short-term contract with Blackwater. Jaime Campos

VETERAN Denok Miranda is not about to go away quietly from the PBA.

Two months after TNT Katropa bought out the remainder of his contract that left him out of the league and facing retirement, the 34-year-old guard suddenly found an interested taker in Blackwater.

Miranda agreed to sign a short-term contract with the Elite in an effort to help the franchise in its playoff bid in the season-ending Governors Cup.

The free-agent out of Far Eastern University guard was actually at ringside of the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Saturday and watched the Elite’s game against the Texters – his former team.

Both parties came to terms on a one-conference contract for the moment.

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“Try lang muna namin siya,” said Blackwater team governor Siliman Sy.

Miranda could play for the Elite in their Wednesday game against the Meralco Bolts.

The entry of Miranda is expected to add experience to a Blackwater backcourt that is lacking in veterans aside from Mike Cortez.

Only rookie Almond Vosotros is the legitimate playmaker who spells Cortez at the point, with young shooting guards Jerick Canada and another freshman in Roi Sumang sometimes forced to switch and tend the backcourt.

Incidentally, Vosotros being loaned to Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 pool that will compete in the FIBA Asia Challenge Cup also factored in Blackwater's decision to tap Miranda.

But definitely, Miranda, who last played for the Texters during the Commissioner's Cup, will have his hands full trying to help Blackwater turn things around in the final conference of the season.

The Elite lost their third straight game - a 109-89 beating at the hands of the Texters - in a match that also saw Blackwater starting center JP Erram go down with what is suspected to be an ACL tear.


Blackwater is currently tied with Globalport, Star, and Alaska at the cellar, all with similar 1-4 records.

Four teams will be left out of the playoffs at the end of the single-round eliminations.

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