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Matthew Wright signs three-year extension with Phoenix

Phoenix is loading up heading into the 44th season of the PBA.

Looking to sustain the gains from last season's Governors' Cup that saw them crack the semifinals, the Fuel Masters extended the contract of star Matthew Wright on Thursday.

Wright signed a three-year extension, on top of his existing contract that expires in August, in the presence of his agent Marvin Espiritu and Phoenix manager Paolo Bugia.

Wright has proven time and again he is the face of the franchise that has been reinforced by Calvin Abueva. Last season, he wound up third on the scoring list behind Stanley Pringle and June Mar Fajardo, averaging 17.6 points per contest.

Meanwhile, rookie Jorey Napoles signed a one-year deal with Phoenix.

The 12th pick by the Fuel Masters in the recent draft became the first PBA player from Technological Institute of the Philippines.

Phoenix had a flat start last season under coach Louie Alas, but gained steam upon the arrival of Abueva who was traded from Alaska for Karl Dehesa and a 2019 first round pick.

The PBA opening on January 13 will be ushered in by the annual Leo Awards, where the MVP and Rookie of the Year, among others, will be feted.