Stanley Pringle has been dealt on Tuesday by the NorthPort Batang Pier to the Barangay Ginebra Kings in a four-player trade.
The Kings, the defending Commissioner's Cup champions, traded away forward Jervy Cruz, guard Sol Mercado and wingman Kevin Ferrer in exchange for the high scoring NorthPort guard.
The trade the has been approved by the PBA Commissioner's Office.
Pringle, the top pick overall in the 2014 Draft, averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.6 steals in the last Philippine Cup.
Towards the end of last conference, Pringle underwent surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle. He has played a total of two games for NorthPort in the eliminations of the ongoing Commissioner's Cup.
But even without Pringle, who sat out the team's last two games, the Batang Pier stayed competitive, winning five of six to sit at second place behind early leader TNT KaTropa (6-1).
Mercado is averaging 5.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists for the Kings in five games this conference. Ferrer, on the other hand, has norms of 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds.
The trade also reunites Ferrer and Cruz with NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio, who handled them in the UAAP during their college days at University of Santo Tomas.