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    Chot thrilled as TNT finally locks up Mikey Williams to long-term deal

    Jul 26, 2022
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    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    EXPECT an even more focused Mikey Williams come the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.

    The high-scoring Fil-Am finally reached a new deal with TNT Tropang Giga on the eve of the team’s quarterfinal match up against Converge FiberXers.

    [See Mikey breaks silence on TNT contract impasse]

    Williams was signed to a three-year contract by the same franchise that picked him No. 4 overall in the 2020 draft with a pick obtained from sister team NLEX in a trade.

    TNT coach Chot Reyes confirmed the signing to SPIN.ph even as he lauded new team manager Jojo Lastimosa for finally convincing the highly-touted guard to signing on as a major piece of the franchise's future.

    "I'm glad this is finally done," said Reyes. "Although I know they've agreed on major issues already, to have Mikey finally sign for 3 more years is a testament on manager Jolas' patience and Mikey's desire to stick with TNT over the long term."

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      Williams missed the first five games of the Tropang Giga this season following a contract issue with management.

      But since rejoining the team, the 30-year-old sophomore was quick to make his presence felt by leading the league again in scoring with an average of 21.7 points on a high 37 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

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      He also submitted numbers of 5.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists as he helped the Tropang Giga sealed the no. 2 seeding entering the quarterfinals.

      Reyes initially was in-charge of negotiating with Williams, but later on passed the baton to Lastimosa when the PBA great assumed the position as TNT manager from Gabby Cui.

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