Mikey Williams finally reached a new deal with TNT Tropang Giga

Aug 1, 2022

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Chot Reyes was thrilled as TNT finally locked up Mikey Williams to a long-term deal.

Fans will be even more focused from Mikey Williams come the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.

The high-scoring Fil-Am finally signed on the evening of the team’s quarterfinal matchup against Converge FiberXers.

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 even as he lauded new team manager Jojo Lastimosa for finally convincing the highly touted guard to sign 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.”

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

However, 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.

He also submitted numbers of 5.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists as he helped the Tropang Giga seal the no. 2 seed 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.

Fourth pick in the Season 46 draft behind Joshua Munzon, Jamie Malonzo and Calvin Oftana, the guard out of Cal State had a clause in his contract with TNT that he can negotiate a new deal if he leads the team to a title in his first year.

TNT topped the Philippine Cup in 2021 with Williams getting the Finals MVP title.

This conference, TNT finished second in the eliminations and entered the round of eight with a twice-to-beat advantage over new PBA team Converge.

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