SMB brings back Elijah Millsap as Beermen step up title-retention bid

San Miguel Beer firms up its PBA Governors Cup title-retention bid after bringing back former Utah Jazz guard Elijah Millsap.

The 6-foot-4 Millsap played for the San Miguel franchise back in the 2013 Governors Cup when the team was still carrying the name Petron Blaze.

Player agent Sheryl Reyes said the sweet-shooting NBA veteran arrived at 4:30 a.m. in Manila on Thursday. Millsap is set to join the Beermen’s 3 p.m. practice on Thursday and will make his Governors Cup debut on Sunday against Blackwater in Binan, Laguna.

“I am so happy to be back and can’t wait to get the chip (championship).  I love playing in the Phippies,” Millsap said, as quoted by Reyes, who was also responsible for bringing other PBA imports like Justin Brownlee of Ginebra, Henry Walker (NLEX) and Joel Wright (Star).

The younger brother of Atlanta Hawks power forward Paul Millsap is replacing Mike Singletary, who lasted  just three games as a substitute to injured former PBA Best Import AZ Reid.

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Millsap will be extra motivated in his second PBA tour of duty, considering that Petron only finished second behind eventual champion San Mig Coffee in the 2013 Governors Cup Finals.

The sweet-shooting Millsap averaged 28.57 points, 11.38 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.14 steals in 21 games with Petron.

The 29-year-old American is coming off a stint with the Jazz, where he owned averages of 4.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16.4minutes, playing a total of 67 games in the last two NBA seasons. – Richard Dy

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