Columbian Dyip has signed up CJ Perez, hoping and praying the top overall pick will help the team rise from the ruins of shameful seasons in the Philippine Basketball Association..
Confident of the good things the former Lyceum standout will lead the Dyip to a respectable finish in the next season, Columbian signed Perez to a lucrative maximum deal yesterday, a day after Globalport and third pick Robert Bolick had come to terms.
The signing was done Thursday afternoon at the Columbian Dyip training facility in Azure in the presence of team governor Bobby Rosales.
The 23-year-old Perez practiced with the team in the morning before putting his signature on the first of an expected series of fat contracts he will have in his pro career.
Management however, refused to divulge the number of years and other details of the deal, although top rookie picks are usually guaranteed two- to three-year deals.
Under such terms, rookie players receive P150,000 monthly in his rookie season before his salary escalates to P220,000 per month on his sophomore year and P350,000 per month on the third year.
Meantime, fourth overall choice Paul Desiderio is playing for Blackwater.
“Sobrang saya ko na may team na dito sa Blackwater. Gagawin ko ang best para makatulong ako sa kanila,” said Desiderio, who was shipped by NLEX together with fellow first-rounder Abu Tratter to the Elite in exchange for JP Erram.
The deal has yet to be approved by the Office of the Commissioner, but Desiderio is already starting to get comfortable in his new team.
This early, the University of the Philippines Maroons hero is looking forward to bringing his magic to Blackwater, especially as it builds a young and exciting crew for the 2019 PBA season.
“Masaya ako kasi lahat naman dito sa team, nakatapak sila ng PBA kaya talagang magagaling. Gagawin ko lang ang lahat ng makakaya ko para makasabay sa kanila,” Desiderio told Spin.Ph