Jeff Chan signs 3-year extension with Rain or Shine
MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine guard Jeff Chan has signed a 3-year max contract extension that will keep him in an Elasto Painters uniform, Rappler has learned.
The new contract of Chan, who has earned a reputation as one of the best PBA players today, was confirmed to Rappler by sports agent Charlie Dy. Other specifics of the deal were not disclosed.
In an interview with Inquirer Sports, Chan, 32, said he was happy to remain with the franchise.
“I’m very happy to still be part of Rain or Shine and play under Coach Yeng (Guiao),” Chan said. “They have been very good to me so I didn’t have any problems with staying.”
The Elasto Painters made at least the semifinals in each PBA conference this past season, including a trip to the finals in the Commissioner’s Cup where they went all the way to a Game 7 against Talk ’N Text before losing.
“I’m very excited for the coming season also,” Chan said. “I think it’s been 3 years since our last championship and I’m hoping this year we will be better and we’ll get the championship.”
Chan averaged 10.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 2 assists a game last season with Rain or Shine. Known as one of the deadliest marksmen in the PBA today, Chan shot 32% from downtown last season and 39% overall from the field, per pba-online.net.
Chan was a mainstay for the Gilas national team in the last two years, as he represented the country in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship, 2014 FIBA World Cup, and 2014 Asian Games.
However, he wasn’t included in the pool of PBA players requested for by new Gilas head coach Tab Baldwin for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.
Chan’s teammates Paul Lee and Beau Belga are also not in the pool. Lee, considered a superstar in the PBA, is reportedly in the United States attending to his ailing grandmother. Gilas opened their practices this week.
A few weeks ago, Rappler reported that Rain or Shine and one of the team’s main bench producers, Chris Tiu, were looking at a one-year contract agreement that would have the former Ateneo star hold off retiring from the PBA.
Tiu said both sides will talk more once he returns from vacation. – Rappler.com