The PBA’s best team last season officially just got better.
San Miguel Beer, the top-ranked team last year owing to a Philippine Cup conquest and two semifinal appearances, has inked rookies Arnold Van Opstal and Rashawn McCarthy to contracts on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-9 Van Opstal, SMB’s pick in the Gilas draft groomed to be a “sparring partner” for cornerstone June Mar Fajardo, signed a two-year deal, while the Filipino-American McCarthy, a former star guard in the D-League, settled for a one-year contract.
Agents Matt Manotoc and Marvin Espiritu confirmed the signings of their clients, although they declined to disclose how much each deal was worth.
Asked if Van Opstal should’ve gotten a longer, three-year deal, Manotoc believes his client was satisfied with the contract he signed.
“I think he’s content with the two (years),” he said.
As for McCarthy, the 6-1 combo guard is set to become the sixth Fil-foreign player in SMB's 15-man roster, joining Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter, David Semerad, Van Opstal, and Lutz.
PBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial also confirmed that two other players earlier listed as Fil-foreigners, Alex Cabagnot and Brian Heruela, are not considered such under league rules since both were born in the Philippines.