LIKE father, like son.
The PBA Commissioner's Office has approved a multi-player deal revolving around Japeth Aguilar on Tuesday, paving the way for the enigmatic big man's move to the team which his dad played for during his pro career.
Under the terms of the deal approved by the league, the 6-9 Aguilar was traded to Ginebra by Globalport in exchange for rookie big man Yousif Taha and the Kings' first-round pick in the 2013 rookie draft.
The multi-layered deal also saw Globalport getting veteran forward Jay Washington from Ginebra's sister team Petron in exchange for rookie Jason Deutchman and the Boosters' second-round picks in 2016 and 2017.
In a separate transaction, Ginebra sent forward Elmer Espiritu to Barako Bull for a 2013 first-round pick which the Energy Cola acquired from a previous deal with Talk 'N Text.
The trade will see Aguilar joining his second team in less than six months, having been traded by Talk 'N Text to Globalport in January shortly after his return from pursuing his NBA dream in the US.
His arrival has drawn mixed reactions from fans of Ginebra, which nonetheless welcomes the arrival of a big man after getting pounded off both boards by Alaska in the last Commissioner's Cup Finals.
Ginebra, in a way, only ended up parting with Espiritu and the similarly well-travelled Taha in the transaction since it regained the first-round pick it gave in the Aguilar trade by way of the Espiritu trade.
Globalport is also happy with the transaction, having acquired two solid big men to fortify its frontline and complement an explosive backcourt made up of Willie Miller, Sol Mercado, and Gary David.