28 August 2015

Jimmy Alapag and Chris Newsome Sign Contracts

Jimmy Alapag
The Meralco Bolts has finally signed one of their major acquisition for two years. The one-time PBA MVP awardee Jimmy Alapag is guaranteed of a basic pay of P10.08 million under the terms of agreement in his PBA comeback with the Meralco Bolts.

Alapag, the 2003 Rookie of the Year awardee who became MVP winner eight years later, signed a maximum two-year pact with the Bolts before leaving for Estonia with the Gilas Pilipinas training pool.

The veteran Fil-Am guard is making a PBA comeback after a retirement in the league’s last two conferences. During the last PBA All-Star Game, Talk n Text even held a formal retirement ceremony for the team’s longtime skipper.

But Alapag was forced to wear his playing shoes again with all the withdrawals in the Gilas team set to compete in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship in Changsha, China.

No sooner, the MVP Group worked on a trade, sending Alapag to Meralco and Larry Rodriguez to Talk n Text while Blackwater absorbed Mike Cortez and James Sena.

Alapag, from Cal State San Bernardino, plays his 13th season in the next PBA wars beginning in October. he was first selected 10th overall pick in the 2003 PBA draft by the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals and was considered the "steal".

Later on, Alapag formed a dynamic duo with slotman Asi Taulava to lead the Phone Pals to the All-Filipino Cup Championship by beating the Coca-Cola Tigers in the finals, after overcoming the 0-2 deficit to the Tigers and winning the last four games in the series to capture its first ever title.

With the Bolts, Alapag is expected to provide guidance and direction to the erratic plays of the team and train his heir-apparent Baser Amer on how to be more effective.

Number 4 pick in the draft, Chris Newsome is also officially a Meralco Bolt after the Filipino-American rookie wingman out of Ateneo signed a three-year contract three days after he was selected.

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