Calvin Abueva’s successful comeback from a long, 16-month suspension is set to pay off as he is going to be re-signed to a new, three-year, max contract by the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters.
Reports have cited that Abueva and Phoenix’s management have already agreed to the deal, which will be signed this week. Although the terms of the contract have not been made public, the 32-year old is expected to receive the maximum salary allowed by the league.
This development is a welcome one for Abueva who, after missing 16 months because of a league-mandated suspension, returned to help Phoenix Super LPG come within a win away of its very first PBA Finals appearance.
The San Sebastian product also finished second in the players’ statistical race, amassing 37.1 statistical points, which was right behind TNT’s Bobby Ray Parks’ 38.2 SPs.
Abueva’s comeback trail is an inspiring one considering that for a time, it appeared as if the nightmare would not end for the skilled yet controversial forward. Abueva found himself in trouble during the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup after two consecutive incidents involving Parks’ girlfriend and TNT’s fiery import, Terrence Jones.
Those incidents resulted in an indefinite suspension being slapped on him by the PBA and a fine amounting to P70,000. Abueva’s situation went from bad to worse after he was caught playing in a “ligang labas” while serving his suspension, resulting in Phoenix handing him a large fine.
However, Abueva finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel after he completed all the requirements levied on him by the league, which included gender-sensitivity and anger management therapy sessions. He eventually made his return to Phoenix in the recent PBA bubble and helped push the Fuel Masters forward before they fell in the semis to TNT. (JNP)