TWO members of the Meralco team that finished a surprise runner-up to Barangay Ginebra in last season’s PBA Governors Cup are sure to be back for another tour of duty with the Bolts when the pro league’s 42nd season opens two weeks from now.
Playmaker Anjo Caram and back-up big man Justin Chua have already agreed in principle to the one-year contract extension offered them by team management.
Caram, a third-round pick by the Bolts (26th overall) during the 2013 draft, stands to earn above P1 million this season, while Chua, a first round pick (10th overall) by San Miguel in the same rookie batch, is expected to get P2 million or more under the new deal.
Both players are expected to formally sign with the Bolts this week.
Another key Meralco player in Jonathan Uyloan has likewise been offered with a fresh one-year contract. He earned P1.4 million last season while splitting time between the Bolts and the Globalport Batang Pier.
All three are seen playing major roles for Meralco in the season-opener Philippine Cup, especially Caram following the retirement of veteran point guard Jimmy Alapag.
The 5-foot-7 guard will now share the playmaking duties with sophomore and fellow San Beda alumnus Amer Baser and Jared Dillinger once he gets healthy from the hamstring injury that sidelined him in the finals of the season’s final conference.
Caram showed his value during the best-of-seven title series when he held his own trying to take on Barangay Ginebra veteran point guard LA Tenorio, who was eventually adjudged the PBA Press Corps Finals MVP.