PROOF he’s a vital part of the team’s future, young big man Ian Sangalang has been re-signed by the Star Hotshots for a three-year, maximum contract.
The deal is worth a total of P15.12 million over the next three seasons, or a monthly take of P420,000, for the former San Sebastian star.
The contract renewal came despite Sangalang coming off a season-long layoff with the Hotshots after suffering ACL and MCL injuries right in his season debut.
The 22-year-old big man, selected No. 2 overall in the 2013 PBA rookie draft, was a vital cog in the franchise’s grand slam run right in his freshman year as the ‘sixth man’ in former coach Tim Cone’s rotation.
New Star coach Jason Webb said the 6-foot-7 forward is definitely a vital cog in the team's coming campaign in the league's 41st season and beyond.
"We see Ian as a major contributor for us now and the future," he said. "We look forward to seeing him come back and continue his growth with our team."
Sangalang is the fourth marquee player to be signed up for a max contract during the offseason after Jeff Chan of Rain or Shine and the San Miguel pair of Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot.
Elsewhere in the league, Barako Bull players Willie Wilson and Chico Lanete were both signed to one-year deals, along with Ginebra’s Dave Marcelo and Josh Urbiztondo, and James Sena of Blackwater.
Alaska’s Vic Manuel has also come to terms with the team for a two-year contract.
“Pirmahan na lang within the week. But okay na kaming lahat,” said agent Danny Espiritu, who represents the ‘Muscle Man.’