NLEX is confident the high price of acquiring Poy Erram will be worth it.
NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said he was aware that a lot of teams were going after Erram, who ended up with the Road Warriors following a three-team trade that sent rookies Paul Desiderio and Abu Tratter to Blackwater and Michael Miranda to TNT.
“Lahat gusto si Erram. We are not exempted from that desire to have him as our big man. I think we just got lucky,” said Guiao.
However, the former Ateneo big man came at a high cost for NLEX, which gave up the vastly improved Miranda, its own draft pick at No. 7 (Tratter) as well as Alex Mallari and Dave Marcelo, who were traded to Phoenix for the fourth pick overall in the PBA draft that was used to select Desiderio.
“Medyo mataas ang cost sa amin. We lost Alex, we lost Dave, we lost our four and seven picks, and we lost Mike. Imagine, we lost all of those for Poy Erram. We just want to be able to make sure that it’s worth it,” Guiao said.
So far, Guiao said Erram has been adjusting well at NLEX. He scored a team-high 15 points in the Road Warriors' 95-90 win over TNT in a tune-up game last Saturday.
Guiao said the time they spent together at Team Pilipinas made the transition easier for the former Blackwater big man.
“It was really very helpful,” said Guiao. “Na-shorten ‘yung adjustment period plus he is very adaptable to the changes in the system, including getting along on a personal level whit his teammates. Wala akong nakikitang problema.”
“Poy, I think, is the right fit for our team,” Guiao added.