JAPETH Aguilar is still in the US and even his agent can’t say when he plans to return.
But a message given by Aguilar over the holidays has given his Philippine-based agent, Marvin Espiritu, hope that the enigmatic player is ready to take the next step in his career.
“I am looking forward to a new beginning,” was the statement relayed by Aguilar through Espiritu after coming off a two-week tour of Europe while representing NBA D-League side Santa Cruz Warriors in an all-star US selection.
Espiritu admitted he has not been briefed on what Aguilar’s plans are, but he said a Spin.ph article about a possible four-team, four-player trade that may see him land at his father Peter’s former team Ginebra has aroused the interest of the 6-9 slotman.
“Tuwang-tuwa si Japeth, kasi andami talagang nag-message at nag-tweet sa kanya about it. May iba ngang Ginebra fans parang wine-welcome na siya,” said Espiritu, son of longtime agent Danny.
“Pero hindi siya nagsalita about it, basta ang sabi lang niya gusto niyang maglaro and he wants a new beginning. Ang tanong right now ay hindi kung anong team sa PBA, anong liga siya susunod na lalaro,” he added.
Espiritu said he has been in constant touch with Talk ‘N Text management, which still owns the playing rights on Aguilar and has been regularly asking about the 2009 top rookie pick’s plans.
“Hindi ko pa rin alam ang sagot eh. Ayokong magsabi ng ganito, magsabi ng ganun kasi baka biglang may mag offer sa kanya sa States or Europe,” said Espiritu, who expects a career decision from his client over the next two weeks.
Meanwhile, a source from Ginebra confirmed the team’s interest in Aguilar.
“Gusto namin ‘yan, kaso ang problema paano namin makukuha?” said the team official who requested that he not be named.
Smart Communications media relations head Virgil Villavicencio confirmed the four-team trade that was supposed to also involve Ginebra’s Kerby Raymundo, Meralco’s Jay-R Reyes, and Globalport’s Rabeh Al-Hussaini had indeed been discussed, but he said nothing had come out of it so far.
“Wala pa yan eh. That depends on Japeth, di ba?” said Villavicencio.