MOALA Tautuaa’s highly-awaited debut in the PBA D-League will have to wait a little while.
Tautuaa’s is still in service for the Westport Malaysia Dragons, whose very much in contention for the Asean Basketball League (ABL) title, that makes it impossible for him to suit up for Cagayan Valley in the season-opening PBA D-League Aspirants Cup that kicks off on Monday.
The Rising Suns are set to open their campaign in the season-opening conference not until October 30 against MJM M-Builders.
But with the ABL still in its regular season phase, the Fil-Tongan will have to finish his playing stint with the Dragons first before plying his trade with the Rising Suns.
The ABL playoffs won’t start until Oct. 29.
But Cagayan Valley has no problem waiting for the arrival of Tautuaa, the top pick in the last D-League rookie draft.
“Nakausap namin ‘yung agent niya. Baka pumasok kasi sila sa finals dahil nasa top two sila. Kaya pagkatapos ng ABL, sa amin na siya,” said Cagayan Valley assistant coach Nonoy Bonleon, adding Tautuaa will play for the team at the latest after November 15.
The Dragons are currently on top of the ABL with a 14-5 win-loss slate following their overtime victory over erstwhile first placers HiTech Bangkok City last Saturday.
The 6-foot-7 Tautuaa has gotten rave reviews after playing for the Dragons last season. Many now considers the 25-year-old big man as the next Asi Taulava, his fellow Fil-Tongan with whom he resembles in terms of physical characteristics.
Tautuaa is currently averaging 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds for the Dragons this season