THERE are rumors Japeth Aguilar is headed back to the United States to try his luck in the NBA D-League. Before that, however, the 6-foot-9 center-forward may yet make a stop at Global Port.
Commissioner Chito Salud is set to receive documents within the week pertaining to the deal that will send Aguilar to the Batang Pier incenter Rabeh Al-Hussaini, the No. 2 pick in the pro league draft last year.
A very reliable source yesterday told Business Insight-Malaya that there’s no stopping Aguilar from going to the Batang Pier, which bought the Powerade franchise and is assembling a competitive squad according to owner Mikee Romero’s.
“Done deal na halos because both parties have already agreed in principle and the (trade) papers have almost been drawn up,” said the insider privy to the negotiations. “Konting kinks na lang ang inaayos.”
Once Aguilar gets to Global Port, the issue of his US plans will be discussed.
“He is sure to get the playing time and exposure he failed to get at Talk N Text, so he may be persuaded to permanently defer his plans,” said the source.
The trade is just part of some frenzied moves being made by teams gearing up for the PBA’s 38th season kicking off on Sept. 30.
Foremost among those actively offering deals is Ginebra, which sorely wants Jayvee Casio from the Batang Pier.
A package being dangled by the Kings involves nine-year veteran Mike Cortez and forward Willy Wilson for Casio, although San Miguel Corp. management reportedly wants another offer drawn up.
“Hangga’t maaari ibang players ang ibigay para makuha si Casio,” said the source.
Initially, the insider added, the Kings have offered John Wilson and Wilson, but Romero reportedly turned it down.
John Wilson has since been traded to Air21 along with KG Canaleta in exchange for Elmer Espiritu and the Express’ 2013 first round draft rights.
Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen has openly stated he wants Casio, but declined to comment on trade rumors. “Sa itaas nangyayari ang mga ganyang negotiations,” he said.
The source persisted, however, saying SMC executives and Ginebra coaching staff are reportedly set to meet today to draw up a package amenable to both Global Port and SMC management.
Casio would be a welcome addition for the Kings. Known for being more of a facilitator, he would surely complement a Kings team that has an abundance of scorers, led by reigning MVP Mark Caguioa, and an awesome frontline.