TERRENCE Romeo and Nico Salva officially became teammates Friday after the two promising rookies formally signed with Globalport Batang Pier.
Romeo, the Most Valuable Player of UAAP Season 76, agreed to a three-year deal worth P9 million, while Salva, the former two-time UAAP Finals MVP, got a two-year pact with the young franchise that is worth more than P3.5 million.
That both college stars will be ending up as teammates in the PBA seemed far-fetched just a few months ago after engaging in a word war on Twitter over Romeo’s supposed failure to give up the ball to open teammate RR Garcia in the stretch run of a game involving Far Eastern University.
But believing Romeo and Salva could co-exist, team owner Mikee Romero made them the fifth (first round) and 11th picks during last Sunday’s Annual Draft.
The former Twitter enemies also had kind words for each other on draft day.
Romeo is set to receive the maximum salary of P150,000 and P225,000 in his first two years, and then get P337, 5000 in the final year.
Salva on the other hand, will have a take home pay of P130,000 in the first year before escalating to P170,000 in the final year.
Also signed up by the Batang Pier are freshmen Justine Chua and LA Revilla.
Chua, acquired in a trade by the team along with Leo Najorda from San Mig Coffee in exchange for Isaac Holstein, inked a two-year contract worth P3.4 million that will have the no. 10 overall pick getting P130,000 on the first year and P160,000 in the second.
For his part, Revilla, a third round pick by Globalport, was singed for one year with a monthly take of P60,000.