The Petron Blaze Boosters have signed Elijah Millsap of the NBA D-League’s LA D-Fenders to reinforce the team for the PBA Governors’ Cup.
San Miguel executive Noli Eala confirmed the news to InterAKTV on Saturday.
“He will be Petron’s import. He will be here after the NBA Summer League, so around July 25,” wrote Eala in a text message.
Millsap, listed 6-foot-6 in the D-League, has career averages of 17.2 points and 5.9 rebounds in 44 games with the D-Fenders. He is the younger brother of Paul Millsap, a power forward for the Utah Jazz in the NBA.
Petron coach Olsen Racela said the team kept Millsap’s name secret while negotiating with him.
“Lumalabas sa mga papers and ibang media outlets yung name ni (Othyus) Jeffers, but we were keeping in contact with Millsap,” Racela said in a telephone interview. “That’s the reason why hindi namin masabi kasi inaayos pa namin yung contract.”
Jeffers is an NBA veteran, who had stints with the Utah Jazz, the San Antonio Spurs and the Washington Wizards.
Racela said he and Eala were in constant communication regarding the import choice.
“We decided to get Millsap because of his versatility,” added Racela. “He can play the wing and power forward positions and he plays at both ends of the court. The reason why we got a versatile import is to give us an opportunity to fill the void left by Jay Washington. Millsap and Arwind (Santos) can alternately play the power forward spot.”