Jimmy Alapag comes out of retirement, joins Meralco

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Mighty Mouse is officially back.

Former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) MVP Jimmy Alapag is coming out of retirement and will put on the Meralco Bolts colors as a playing-assistant coach.

According to the PBA website, Alapag’s playing rights ended up with the Bolts after a trade involving Blackwater.

As a result of the move, Larry Rodriguez goes to Talk N’ Text while Blackwater cops guard Mike Cortez and center James Sena. The trade was approved by newly appointed PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa.

The move to Meralco marks the first time Alapag has played outside Talk N’ Text in the PBA.

Prior to the announcement, the 37-year-old Alapag had been working out with Gilas head coach Tab Baldwin and the rest of the selection pool. Alapag is also expected to join the nationals again, to help reinforce the injury-ravaged roster.

Alapag boasts career averages of 12.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.9 rebounds in 12 seasons. During the season prior to his retirement, the Mighty Mouse played 12 games and averaged 6.6 points, 5.8 assists, and 2.2 rebounds.