San Miguel Alab Pilipinas could be replacing one of their cornerstone players as they bring in former NBA G League forward Nick King for the 2019-20 ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season.
According to a highly-placed source, the Philippine club could be without the services of Renaldo Balkman, as the former NBA forward has reportedly been receiving multiple overseas offers.
The Puerto Rican forward noticeably sat out a closed-door scrimmage match against the Philippine Men’s National Basketball Team just two days ago.
Named 2017-18 Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Balkman helped lead a formidable Alab Pilipinas team that won the ABL title two seasons ago. For the upcoming season, he could possibly team up with a returning Justin Brownlee, reuniting the duo who is regarded by many as the best one-two punch in league history.
Balkman was again an integral part of the team last season, finishing with an impressive 25.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.2 blocks, while also shooting 57 percent from the field per game.
The team also lost key players Caelan Tiongson, Ethan Alvano, and three-time local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. during the offseason, but have retained Brandon Rosser and Lawrence Domingo and has reloaded with the addition of Jason Brickman, Jeremiah Grey, Andrei Caracut, Jordan Heading, Louie Vigil, Aaron Aban, and imports Adrian Forbes and Khalif Wyatt.
If Balkman is indeed out of the team, he will be replaced by new arrival Nick King, who most recently played in the NBA G League for Boston Celtics affiliate Maine Red Claws. It is yet unclear whether King has been brought in as a replacement for Balkman or as a stand-in for Wyatt, who is still recovering from an injury.
San Miguel Alab Pilipinas has less than two weeks left to prepare before they open the 2019-20 ABL season on November 17 against the Mono Vampire Basketball Club.
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