The B-MEG Llamados have given an unconditional release to veteran guard Roger Yap, who will be joining the San Miguel Beermen in the ASEAN Basketball League.
B-MEG team executive Rene Pardo confirmed the news to InterAKTV on Monday, saying that Yap believes that he will be able to contribute more with the Beermen.
Yap, who turns 35 in August, was drafted by the Purefoods franchise in 2001, and has spent nine of his 11 PBA seasons with the franchise. He was the starting point guard for Purefoods’ Philippine Cup title-winning teams in 2006 and 2010. He was named to the PBA’s Mythical Team in each of those years, including a First Team selection in 2006.
Despite his credentials, Yap has seen his minutes cut this season with the entry of new B-MEG coach Tim Cone, who has opted to play younger guards Josh Urbiztondo and rookie Mark Barroca ahead of the veteran. He is averaging just 19 minutes per game this season, down from 28 minutes per game last year.
Yap’s departure would also pave the way for the return of Jonas Villanueva, who is scheduled to rejoin the team after recovering for a knee injury that has kept him out of the past year.
Yap becomes the second veteran leader to leave the Llamados this season. Prior to the start of the Commissioner’s Cup, Kerby Raymundo left the team in a three-way deal that brought JC Intal to B-MEG.