MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine took a big step in preparing for the possible departure of its top playmaker Paul Lee after signing Kevin Alas, this year’s second overall pick, to a lucrative three-year deal Friday.
The former Letran backcourt star is set to receive Php 8.5 million spread over three years where he will get the rookie maximum monthly pay of Php 150,000 in his first year, Php 225,000 and Php 337,500 on the second and third year, respectively.
Guiao drafted Alas as insurance after Lee rocked Rain or Shine when he refused to sign a three-year maximum extension contract and made his wish to be traded known through his agent and former college coach Lawrence Chongson.
In case Lee bolts from the Elasto Painters camp, Alas is expected to fill in the big vacuum in Guiao’s backcourt rotation....
Top picks Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort, Kevin Alas of Rain or Shine and Ronald Pascual of San Miguel Beer and Matt Ganuelas Rosser all expressed their readiness to embark on their new journey as part of the big boys of the PBA.
“Definitely, they can expect me to play hard, giving my all every night and never give up,” Pringle told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview.
The 6’1″ guard, who played in Europe before bringing his act to the ASEAN Basketball League, is also flattered with the comparisons to him and Talk ‘N Text star Jayson Castro....
MANILA, Philippines - Rain or Shine deems it better to let Paul Lee concentrate on his Gilas Pilipinas stint and wait for his return in the country to resolve the issue.
Team owners Raymond Yu and Terry Que denied they’re already talking with one particular team for a possible trade.
“We’re not in talks with any of the 11 other teams for a deal involving Paul. Speculations on the internet aren’t true,” Yu told The STAR....
According to chair Pato, the PBA is seriously considering staging next season’s opening at the brand-new P9 billion Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.
“We will know for sure by the third week of September if we can hold the opening there after the court and the board of the Philippine Arena are installed and they pass the required specifications of the league. Commissioner Chito (Salud) and I have checked out the place and everything else seems OK.
The chair and the commissioner had been assured by the owners (INC) that they would be able to fill the Arena, which can seat a crowd of 55,000....
Yu made it clear that Rain or Shine was not currently working on a deal after Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy claimed that Lee had been offered to his franchise.
“For the record, we are not in talks with any of the 11 other teams right for a deal involving Paul Lee,” Yu said in a statement....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||8||0.467||3rd|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||18||8||0.692||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||7||7||0.500||4th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||9||7||0.562||5th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||15||12||0.556||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||14||7||0.667||Champions|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||3||6||0.333||8th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||14||9||0.609||4th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||6||7||0.462||5th|