NorthPort has released volatile Fil-Am Kelly Nabong.
The 32-year old Nabong, who was the 17th overall pick of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the 2012 draft, wasn’t offered a new contract by the Mikee Romero-owned franchise despite coming off his best performance in the league during the 2020 Philippine Cup.
The 6-foot-4 power forward submitted 11-game averages of 11.5 points and 5.1 rebounds for the Batang Pier who, unfortunately, exited the PBA bubble in Clark, Pampanga just after the elimination round due to a dismal 1-10 win-loss record which was good for a tie for last place with Terrafirma Dyip.
Prior to releasing Nabong, NorthPort acquired Greg Slaughter from Brgy. Ginebra in exchange for Christian Standhardinger and then drafted big man Troy Rike along with 2nd overall pick Jamie Malonzo in the Season 46 draft.
Already an unrestricted free agent, the Sacramento, California native has reportedly drawn interest from other teams but his short-fuse has apparently kept them at a distance.
It can be recalled that Nabong had a part in the infamous practice melee when he was still playing for San Miguel. He, along with then-import Dez Wells, Arwind Santos and Ronald Tubid were involved in an almost free-for-all during scrimmage which resulted in an indefinite suspension for the three locals.
Santos was eventually reinstated while Nabong was dealt to the Batang Pier for Russel Escoto. Tubid, on the other hand, was dropped from the roster.
The fracas started a chain of events which ultimately railroaded the Beermen’s Grand Slam run.