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Caguioa, 14 other PBA contracts to expire soon




By WAYLON GALVEZ

Expect a lot of negotiations in the off-season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) starting July as 74 players' contracts expire by the end of the season.

Defending Fiesta Cup champion Barangay Ginebra has the most number of expiring players with 15, including the dynamic duo of Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand, as well as former Most Valuable Player (MVP) Eric Menk.

Their contracts with the Kings will end July 15, same with Sunday Salvacion, Rafi Reavis, Junthy Valenzuela, Paul Artadi, Chris Pacana, Willie Wilson, Junjun Cabatu, Macky Escalona and JR Aquino.

Billy Mamaril’s contract with Ginebra will expire on July 30, while those of Ronald Tubid and Chico Lanete will be on July 31.

PBA rule states the 10 ball clubs can negotiate and renew their respective players, but teams wishing to acquire players with expiring contract from other teams can only start talking as soon as the contract expires.

Caguioa, who helped Ginebra win the reinforced-conference title last season, has missed the previous Philippine Cup due to injuries to both knees. He is currently recuperating in the US but is expected to return this month.

Ginebra’s sister-team San Miguel Beer has the second most number with 13, including Olsen Racela, Dondon Hontiveros and Danny Seigle.

Also with expiring contracts are Marc Pingris, Jay Washington, Dorian Pena, Lordy Tugade, Mike Cortez, Jonas Villanueva, Samigue Eman, Chris Calaguio, Wesley Gonzales and Froilan Baguion.

The Beermen are currently leading the pack in the season-ending Fiesta Cup with a clean 6-0, win-loss record.

Purefoods TJ Hotdogs and Sta. Lucia Realty each have eight players with expiring contracts.

For the Giants: Rich Alvarez, Al Vergara (July 15), Richard Yee, PJ Simon, Roger Yap, Romel Adducul, Rico Villanueva (July 31) and Topex Robinson (August 31), while the Realtors will have to deal with Bitoy Omolon (June 30), Joseph Yeo (July 31), reigning MVP Kelly Williams, Norman Gonzales, Christian Coronel, Philip Butel, Melvin Mamaclay and Dennis Daa (Aug. 31).

Alaska, Rain or Shine, Cola-Cola and Barako Bull have six each.


Source: http://mb.com.ph/articles/201223/caguioa-14-other-pba-contracts-expire-soon
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