CYRUS Baguio looks poised to have a career resurgence at Phoenix in a system that will run and gun at every opportunity starting in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The 35-year-old Baguio’s best years are seemingly behind him, with his scoring numbers on the decline since the 2012 season. And his latest 8.5-point average the first two conferences is his lowest since the 2005-26 season.
But Fuel Masters coach Ariel Vanguardia believes Baguio, who they acquired in a trade with Alaska on Wednesday, will fit nicely into his team’s high-octane offense, a system that the 6-foot-1 shooting guard thrived at during his prime.
“I think he’s a good fit for (our offense) because we try to create a lot of open-court opportunities, so dun bagay siya,” Vanguardia told SPIN.ph on the eve of their Governors’ Cup opening game.
“Cyrus being a veteran [and] having plenty of championship experience, kailangan namin yun na mayroon kaming go-to guy in the endgame,” he added of the 13-year veteran. “Mayroon kaming mapupuntahan, kasi Cyrus can create for himself and he can create for others.”
Baguio, who turns 36 on August 19, reported for Phoenix practice for the first time on Wednesday morning, but had to leave early for his exit interview with Alaska owner Wilfred Uytengsu.
Vanguardia said Fuel Masters management had been in trade discussions with the Aces since last month, but talks were stalled with coach Alex Compton still busy with Gilas Pilipinas.
“Even hindi pa na-injure si JC (Intal), mayroon talagang need pa na additional weapons,” Vanguardia said.