FORMER NCAA Most Valuable Player Ian Sangalang turned down San Mig Coffee’s original three-year rookie maximum deal, opting to sign up with the Mixers for a shorter two-year contract on Thursday afternoon at the San Miguel head office in Pasig.
Danny Espiritu, who represents the 6-foot-5 Sangalang explained that the two-year deal, worth P4.5 million, excludes bonuses and other perks after being selected as this year’s second overall pick in the Annual Rookie Draft.
The player agent said his ward’s decision to get the shorter contract deal was a “personal choice.”
By the end of Sangalang’s second year with San Mig, the 21-year-old native of Pampanga is eligible to receive the veteran maximum monthly pay of P420,000.
Sangalang played his first preseason game with San Mig on Thursday morning, contributing eight points in the Mixers’ 92-89 win over the Globalport Batang Pier at the Ronac gym in San Juan.
The former San Sebastian center, part of the Stags’ famed “Pinatubo Trio” with Alaska’s Calvin Abueva and Gilas cadet guard Ronald Pascual, is expected to play a solid role for the Mixers this season as he gets more accustomed to coach Tim Cone’s triangle offense.
Sangalang also won the Best Player of the Conference plum with NLEX after helping the Road Warriors to the 2012-2013 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup championship.