Jose out to prove worth for Elite

Tempo - - Sports - By JONAS TERRADO

Ray­mar Jose is ea­ger to show why he’s worth ev­ery cent af­ter for­mally sign­ing a three-year con­tract with Blackwater the other day at the SGS gym in Araneta Ave., Que­zon City.

Jose was ini­tially of­fered two shorter deals by Blackwater man­age­ment be­fore the two par­ties were able to work on a deal that would give the third over­all pick of the PBA Rookie Draft a max­i­mum con­tract es­ti­mated at ₱8.55 mil­lion.

And af­ter sign­ing on the dot­ted line while be­ing ac­com­pa­nied by Elite team man­ager Jon­son Martinez and agent Ed Pon­ceja, Jose ex­pressed con­fi­dence in his abil­ity to re­pay Blackwater’s faith.

“Sabi ko noon, sana mag­ing naayos din at mabi­gay nila yung gusto kong kunin kasi pag­ta­tra­bahuhan ko na­man e. So ito ngayon nag­ing re­sulta, nag­ing okay na­man,” Jose said.

The for­mer Far East­ern Univer­sity star and 2017 PBA D-League Foun­da­tion Cup Most Valu­able Player for cham­pion Cig­nal joins top over­all se­lec­tion Chris­tian Stand­hardinger of San Miguel and No. 2 pick Kiefer Ravena of NLEX on the list of play­ers given max­i­mum rookie con­tracts.

Un­der PBA rules, rook­ies can re­ceive a monthly salary of ₱150,000 on the first year, ₱225,000 on the sec­ond and ₱337,500 on the fi­nal sea­son of the deal.

RAY­MAR Jose

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