PJ Ramos return to KIA Motors derailed by contract with Puerto Rican club
The KIA Carnival will have to find a replacement for PJ Ramos, who averaged 35.9 points for the expansion team in the Commissioner's Cup. Jaime Campos

PUERTO Rican giant Peter John Ramos won’t be back to play for expansion squad KIA Motors in the season-ending Governors Cup.

Player agent Sheryl Reyes said the 7-foot-2 Ramos cannot rejoin the Carnival because he is still under contract with Brujos de Guayama in the Puerto Rican league.

“Naka-sign naman siya (Ramos) talaga sa team niya sa Guayama sa Puerto Rico. Apparently, di talaga kami napayagan. Napayagan lang siya maglaro dito (PBA) dahil offseason nun sa Puerto Rico, pero talagang player siya nun,” Reyes confirmed to Spin.ph on Tuesday.

The development comes as a big blow for the Carnival, who were expecting the former Puerto Rican national player to rejoin the team after coach Manny Pacquiao’s fight against Floyd Mayweather.

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The bullstrong Puerto Rican giant could actually still play for the Carnival in the season-ending conference, but the expansion squad being coached by Manny Pacquiao will have to shell out US$100,000 as a buyout fee.

But Reyes said KIA management chose not to buy out Ramos’ contract and is looking for a new reinforcement instead.

“Di na siya surprise. It’s a little bit anticipated na talaga, but he was allowed to play because of the offseason (in Puerto Rico),” added Reyes.

Even Ramos’ original plan to accompany Pacquiao in a grand entrance at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for his super fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr on Sunday won’t push through.

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“Ito ang problem namin, supposedly magkasama kami (with Ramos) sa Las Vegas, pero may game siya ng May 4 sa Puerto Rico. May 2 sana lilipad siya dun pero May 3 kailangan din siya umalis sa Vegas. Mahirap at risky dahil under contract pa kami,” explained Reyes.

The 29-year-old Ramos has played for Guayamas in its last 12 games, averaging a team-best 24.0 points to go with 11.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 blocks. Guayamas is currently 9-3 with Ramos.

The Puerto Rican giant averaged monster numbers of 35.9 points, 21.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.1 blocks, helping the Carnival to a 4-7 record and a 10th place finish in the Commissioner’s Cup.

KIA’s four wins in the second conference included victories over defending champion Purefoods Star, Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer and powerhouse squads Alaska and Talk ‘N Text.


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