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Blackwater rewards Poy Erram with three-year, P15M max contract

Blackwater rewards Poy Erram with three-year, P15M max contract

FOR showing heart and effort playing for both Blackwater and the national team, a fitting reward awaits big man Poy Erram upon his return to the country from the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The 29-year-old center out of Ateneo has been offered a three-year deal worth the maximum salary totaling P15 million, according to team owner Dioceldo Sy.

Erram’s current contract expires on Friday (August 31), but the Elite saw it fit to already give him an offer his camp simply can’t refuse.

Sy said the fat contract is also management’s way of rewarding the 6-foot-8 Erram for his loyalty.

“Remember, Poy is the only remaining player from our original Blackwater team when we entered the PBA in 2014,” Sy recalled to

Erram and his side only need to sign the contract once he arrives from the Indonesian capital shortly after the Asiad.

Selected in the second round by Talk ‘N Text (15th overall) in the 2013 rookie draft, Erram didn’t really blossom into one of the league’s top big men until Blackwater picked him up from the dispersal pool involving the team and fellow expansion franchise KIA just before the 2014-15 season.

He has since become the face of a Blackwater team that features a roster of young and promising players that include Mac Belo, Allein Maliksi, Mike DiGregorio, John Pinto, Roi Sumang, and rookie Reymar Jose.

In the last Commissioner’s Cup, Erram averaged 10.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 29.6 minutes of play (a career-high for him).

Just recently, Erram got another boost in his playing career when coach Yeng Guiao personally selected him to come on board as part of the team for the Asiad.

In his first ever stint with the national team, the Blackwater big man gave a good account of himself as a back-up center.

During the quarterfinals game against South Korea, Erram slammed his face hard on the basketball floor while going after a loose ball, suffering a chipped tooth in the process that led to him sitting out the rest of the match, which the Philippines lost, 91-82.

Prior to the tam’s departure for Jakarta, Erram’s Mitsubishi Montero parked outside the Meralco gym where the national team was training, was badly damaged after being hit by a fallen tree at the height of the monsoon rains brought by tropical storm ‘Karding.’

Now, all of those unfortunate incidents are a thing of the past as a better future awaits him.