The NorthPort franchise is no stranger to the trading table.
The Batang Pier roster has been overhauled numerous times since their acquisition of Powerade’s PBA franchise in 2012. GlobalPort/NorthPort players’ involvement in trade transactions have hogged sports headlines especially when big names are thrown into the mix.
Recently, the Mikee Romero-owned franchise sent its star point guard Stanley Pringle to Barangay Ginebra for Sol Mercado, Kevin Ferrer and Jervy Cruz — sending shock waves anew to the pro league.
After establishing himself as the team’s ace, Pringle’s transfer came as a surprise which happened right at the middle of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup. The Batang Pier came away with a 6-1 win-loss card despite the absence of Pringle due to a bone spur surgery on his right foot. Following a 127-99 victory Saturday night over Blackwater, NorthPort earned a share of the top spot in the team standings with a 7-1 slate.
Looking back, NorthPort has been here before. The PBA trading block has always had a Batang Pier on the list, be it a starter or a second-stringer.
FOX Sports Philippines lists down some of the memorable trade deals involving key NorthPort players:
One of the holdovers from Powerade, David maintained his reputation as the “face of the franchise” in the early years of the Batang Pier squad. Despite his glowing resume as a former league scoring champion and national team member, David found himself on the trading block in 2013 with NorthPort shipping the Dinalupihan, Bataan native to Meralco for Chris Ross, AJ Mandani and two second round draft picks.
Currently a star forward for Barangay Ginebra, Aguilar once suited up for the Batang Pier way back in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup. Acquired that same year by NorthPort via a three-team deal involving nine players and a 2015 first round draft pick, Aguilar’s exit from the team went through an almost similar arrangement. In June 2013, four teams sat down to deal five players and three future draft picks. When the dust settled, Aguilar ended up with the Gin Kings while NorthPort snared Jay Washington, Yousef Taha and a 2013 first round draft choice.
Washington’s stint with the Batang Pier didn’t last long either. The do-it-all forward, who won two Best Player of the Conference citations while with the Petron Blaze Boosters, became part of another three-team carousel involving NorthPort, NLEX and TNT. Along with NLEX’s Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, TNT reeled in Washington while the Batang Pier received Noy Baclao and two future draft picks from the KaTropa.
Miller, a former PBA Most Valuable Player, has donned the uniform of six different ballclubs. His entry to the Batang Pier, his fifth PBA team, was a result of a blockbuster trade in 2012 which also involved fellow guards LA Tenorio and JVee Casio. Prior to the intricate five-team deal, Miller was the starting point guard for Barako Bull Energy. Fifteen months later, Miller would find his way back to Barako Bull via a trade with Enrico Villanueva. Hans Thiele was also part of the trade that saw the Batang Pier land the former UAAP MVP.
Cabagnot’s tenure with San Miguel was once cut short in 2014, wherein the talented play maker was shipped to the Batang Pier in exchange for Sol Mercado. Cabagnot’s stint with the Batang Pier, however, lasted just 10 months. In time for the 2014 Philippine Cup playoffs, the Beermen reacquired Cabagnot from the Batang Pier, parting ways in the process with Mercado and two future second round draft picks.
In his five-year stint with the Batang Pier, Romeo established himself as one of the league’s best offensive threats. The two-way guard from FEU claimed three-straight scoring titles in a starring role with the team that selected him fifth overall in the 2013 Rookie Draft. However, Romeo’s relationship with team management turned sour in 2018 after a series of disagreements. The Batang Pier finally decided to part ways with Romeo in April 2018, sending the 5-foot-11 dynamo and Yousef Taha to the TNT KaTropa for center Mo Tautuaa and two future draft picks.