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    James Yap signs three-year ROS contract extension in possible last hurrah

    Dec 27, 2018
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    JAMES Yap renewed his ties with Rain or Shine in what could be his final years playing in the PBA.

    The two-time MVP signed a new contract with the Elasto Painters that will lock the 36-year-old cager for the next three seasons.

    The signing was made at the team office morning of Thursday as confirmed to SPIN.ph by no less than co-team owner Raymund Yu.

    "Yes, OK na si James. He asked for a three-year contract, and we gave it to him," said Yu.

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      The contract signing was made in the presence of Yu and team manager and board of governor Atty. Mamerto Mondragon.

      The Rain or Shine team owner also hinted it could be the final playing contract of the shooting guard out of University of the East.

      "Baka last contract na daw niya," added Yu. "Kasi he'll be 40 yata by that time."

      The Elasto Painters acquired Yap two years ago following a blockbuster one-on-one trade with the Star Hotshots for the services of Paul Lee.

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      Coming off the bench from being a long-time starter with the Purefoods franchise, Yap initially struggled with his new role, but eventually settled down on his second season when he became the team's valuable 'sixth man.'

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      Behind his renewed shooting, 'Big Game' James helped the Elasto Painters reached the semifinals of the mid-season Commissioner's Cup, where the team lost to eventual champion Barangay Ginebra.

      It was during his stint with the franchise that Yap also reached a career milestone of scoring 10,000 points,

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