NORTHPORT has placed newly-acquired big man Mike Miranda on the reserve list, fanning speculations of the player being traded to NLEX later on.
Miranda was not around when the Batang Pier notched their fifth win in six outings by turning back Magnolia, 102-99, on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
NorthPort acquired the bruising forward on Monday as part of the three-team trade that paved the way for Jericho Cruz's move to the NLEX camp.
But the former NLEX and TNT player was quickly relegated to a reserve despite the Batang Pier facing a slew of players’ injuries, particularly on star guard Stanley Pringle.
Coach Pido Jarencio said he’s not privy to management's plans for Miranda, saying he’s not in a position to answer questions about the status of the former San Sebastian stalwart.
“Basta lahat ng mga taong wala diyan hindi ko masasagot. Kung sino yung dumating sa akin at nandiyan, okay tayo,” he said.
NorthPort management kept mum about the matter when asked by SPIN.ph.
But people in the know disclosed NorthPort is just a short pitstop for Miranda, who they said would eventually be traded to the Road Warriors later in the season.
“May agreement na doon. Pero sa third conference (Governors Cup) pa matutuloy,” said a source privy to the arrangement.
The Road Warriors could have taken Miranda outright as part of the Cruz package. But since he was dealt by NLEX to TnT Katropa in the Poy Erram trade, NLEX can only get him back after two conferences.
Prior to landing at TnT, Miranda had a breakout season with the Road Warriors last year when he was developed into a stretch 4 and defense specialist by coach Yeng Guiao.
He was hardly utilized by the Katropa in his short stint with the team.