PBA: TNT signs Gab Banal to 'long-term' contract

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 22 2021 12:19 PM | Updated as of Nov 22 2021 12:50 PM

After one conference with Alaska, Gab Banal is now set to play with TNT Tropang GIGA. PBA Media Bureau.
After one conference with Alaska, Gab Banal is now set to play with TNT Tropang GIGA. PBA Media Bureau.

MANILA, Philippines -- Defending All-Filipino champions TNT Tropang GIGA have signed free agent swingman Gab Banal.

TNT team manager Gabby Cui confirmed the development to ABS-CBN News.

"He starts practicing today," Cui also said.

The details of Banal's contract were not revealed, but Cui said they signed the 31-year-old player to a "long-term" contract. A report by Tiebreaker Times said Banal was signed by TNT for two years.

Banal was a second round pick in 2014 but has played in semi-pro leagues in recent years. He signed a one-conference deal with the Alaska Aces for the 2021 PBA season, and averaged 8.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game in the All-Filipino Cup. 

He also emerged as the best three-point shooter in the league, converting 45.2% of his long-range attempts on nearly four triples per game.

However, Banal revealed over a week ago that he is parting ways with Alaska, apparently after the Aces offered him another one-conference deal as opposed to a longer contract.

"Thank you Coach Jeff Cariaso for giving me the opportunity to show that I can play in this league. On to the next chapter of my career," Banal said on Instagram.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The next chapter now brings him to a TNT squad that is looking to add the Governors' Cup to their collection of hardware, after a sensational run in the All-Filipino conference.