Ronald Roberts To Play In Philippines

Former Sixers power forward Ronald Roberts is signing with the San Miguel Beermen of the Philippines, sources tell Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia, who indicates that the 23-year-old has already put pen to paper. Marc Stein of reported earlier today that the team was on the verge of luring him overseas with a “big-money” offer (Twitter link). It’s unclear whether the deal includes an NBA escape clause.

Roberts has been playing in the D-League since the Sixers released him last month, and the affiliate of the Warriors had just acquired his rights from Philadelphia’s affiliate a week ago. He spent less than a week on Philadelphia’s NBA roster in December, having been signed to replace Jorge Gutierrez and let go to accommodate Furkan Aldemir. The Adam Pensack client was also with the Sixers during the preseason, and he played for Philly’s summer league team after going undrafted out of St. Joseph’s last summer.

The first-year pro didn’t make it into a regular season game for the Sixers, and he averaged just 4.8 minutes per game across three appearances during the preseason. Before the season, he broke off a deal to play in France that would have given him more than the $35K partial guarantee the Sixers promised him on his training camp deal, though he picked up nearly another $50K for his brief stint with Philadelphia last month.

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