Sta. Lucia Signs Draft Picks, Air21 to Follow

On: 22 August 2007

Realtors, Express set to play overseas
Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Ryan Reyes is now a certified pro as the Cal State Fullerton alum signed a three-year pact worth P8.5 million with Sta. Lucia Realty, only two days after being picked No. 3 overall in the 2007 PBA Rookie Draft Sunday.

Melvin Mamaclay became the second draftee from Batch 2007 of the annual Draft to get a contract as he also signed a pact with the Realtors Tuesday.

Reyes is to get the maximum pay allowed for a PBA newcomer in the next three years. He will receive P1.8 million this season, P2.7 next campaign and P4.05 in the 2009-2010 PBA wars.

Top pick Joe Devance and No. 2 choice Samigue Eman are likely to get the same package from Welcoat and San Miguel Beer, respectively.

Set to play in the 2007 Sultan Cup in Brunei starting Saturday, Sta. Lucia completed its roster by acquiring free agent Philip Butel.

The Realtors compete in the Brunei joust with former Coca-Cola import Anthony Johnson as reinforcement.

Over at Air21, Board representative and team manager Lito Alvarez said JC Intal, Ken Bono and Marvin Cruz will all be signed to three-year deals.

"Intal and Bono didn’t land in the top three but both are quality players, they’re likely to get no less than P7 million each (in three seasons)," said Alvarez.

The Air21 Express started practicing Tuesday as they’re also to play overseas, competing in an international inter-club tourney in Guandong, China.

"I’m happy with what we got in the Draft. I didn’t expect to still get JC Intal at No. 4," said Alvarez of the high-flying former Ateneo star.

"In Kramer, we’ve gotten a player who will do the job in the paint. Sobra-sobra na kami sa tirador sa labas," said Alvarez of the 6-foot-4 bruiser who is also a former Ateneo Blue Eagle. Source: PBA Site

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