Veteran guard Justin Melton has agreed to a two-year extension with the Magnolia Hotshots.
The 32-year old Fil-Am, who was drafted 13th overall by the Hotshots in the 2013 draft, compiled averages of 3.9 points on a 28-percent shooting clip from long distance, along with 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 20.6 minutes of action the past season.
The development, which will keep the high-leaping guard with the Chito Victolero-mentored squad until the 2022 season, was confirmed on Thursday by his agent Charlie Dy.
Melton will be entering his 7th season with the Purefoods franchise but his numbers have been down lately due to an assortment of injuries which kept the 4-time PBA champion in and out of the team’s rotation.
He has played a vital role for the team playing behind, and at times alongside, the team’s dynamic plethora of guards namely Mark Barroca, Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon and was even part of the squad that won the 2014 PBA Grand Slam.
The one-time ABL player for the Westports Malaysia Dragons has oftentimes been the subject of trade rumors but nothing concrete ever came out of it.