FORMER CEBU Eastern College (CEC) stud Raymar Jose got a contract that he was praying for as he signed the three-year maximum rookie contract worth an estimated P8.5 million on Monday.
After a brief impasse with Blackwater initially offering just a one-year deal to this year’s third pick in the PBA Draft, the two sides eventually agreed to the deal. Jose signed the contract Monday, before the Elite’s practice session.
The former PBA D-League MVP and Gilas Cadet felt that the weight has been taken off his shoulder after the contract negotiations finally bore fruit.
“Sobrang happy ako na naging okay na ang lahat, na natapos na din. Sa hirap ng negotiations, naging clear na ang utak ko. Wala na akong iisipin. So yun, sobrang thankful ako na naging okay na lahat,” shared the former CEC Dragon.
The contract would pay Jose handsomely as he is set to receive a monthly salary of P150,000 in his first year, P225,000 in his second and P337,000 in his third.
With his signature dry on the contract, next up for Jose is finding a way to elevate the Elite to elite status in the PBA.
“Sa ngayon, nag-practice pa lang kami so titingnan pa ni coach kung ano mga role namin. Sa akin, medyo fit naman ako kasi dribble drive naman sila.
Sa college at sa Gilas, dribble drive din kami so hindi na ako nahirapan mag-adjust,” shared the 6-foot-5, left-handed slotman.
In related news, Cebuano Macmac Tallo of the Talk N Text KaTropa shared that he has yet to know the terms of his contract and has yet to sign one with the Manny Pangilinan franchise.
He told Cebu Daily News that he is set to meet with the management today to discuss and hopefully finalize his reported two-year contract.