Blackwater team manager Johnson Martinez said the Elite have no plans of letting go of vastly improved young big man John Paul Erram despite the former Ateneo stalwart’s recent season-ending knee injury.
The 6-foot-8 Erram, who is averaging career-high numbers of 11.0 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in the Governors Cup, tore his anterior cruciate ligament on his right knee during the team’s 109-89 loss to TNT last week.
His contract is set to expire at the end of August.
“Ie-extend namin siya (Erram) at lalo na ngayon na napilayan siya. He’ll just have surgery muna and see how he recovers, but we will definitely give him a one-year extension,” Martinez told FOX Sports on Saturday.
The Blackwater team official said they like Erram’s attitude and hard work, reasons why the young slotman managed to hold his own against some of the PBA’s established big men.
Meantime, Erram’s agent Marvin Espiritu said they will start discussing the 27-year-old center’s contract extension by Sunday just before the Elite’s game against Mahindra Enforcer at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Erram was selected 15th overall by TNT in the 2013 PBA rookie draft. – Richard Dy
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