FLAMBOYANT Alaska forward Calvin Abueva has agreed to sign a three-year, P15.1 million extension with the Aces, ending two months of back-and-forth negotiations with the Uytengsu franchise.
Alaska team manager Dickie Bachman said they are happy that Abueva accepted their three-year offer, saying the 'Beast' is very much a part of the core of a team that will be gunning for a 15th PBA title in the Governors Cup.
“We’re happy Calvin agreed to our three-year extension offer. He is very much a part of the core of Alaska that also includes JV (Casio), Sonny (Thoss), and Cyrus (Baguio) and we’re gonna need him as we target our 15th championship,” Bachman told Spin.ph on Monday.
Abueva's old contract which he signed as a rookie in 2012 is expiring at the end of the season. His new contract carries a maximum salary of P420,000 through three years, exclusive of bonuses.
The 27-year-old former Rookie of the Year awardee is averaging 14.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists for the Aces this season, playing a big role when the Aces finished runner-up to San Miguel Beer in the Philippine Cup Finals.
Alaska then finishing sixth in the Commissioner's Cup, suffering a 2-0 shutout against Purefoods in the quarterfinals.
Bachman said up next on the negotiating table for the Aces are veteran gunner Dondon Hontiveros and hard-banging forward Vic Manuel.
Although turning 38 this July, Hontiveros remains a valuable part in coach Alex Compton’s rotation because of his ability to defend and score whenever needed.
“Dondon is still in very good condition. He takes good care of his body and we’ll definitely need his veteran leadership,” added Bachmann.
Since being acquired in the middle of last season from Air21, Manuel has found a home with Alaska, averaging PBA career-high numbers of 9.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists this season.
Other Alaska players with expiring contracts include guards RJ Jazul, Ping Eximiniano, Noy Baclao, Eric Menk, Josh Vanladingham and Chris Banchero, who signed a one-year rookie deal with the Aces.