NOT until he arrives in the country and starts practices with Globalport will team officials initiate contract discussions with controversial big man Japeth Aguilar and his representatives.
Team manager BJ Manalo said management would like to see the 6-foot-9 center suit up in a couple of scrimmages with the Batang Pier once he’s back in the country next week to gauge his condition.
Only then will negotiations begin for an anticipated multi-million deal.
“Hopefully nasa kundisyon si Japeth. Gusto muna namin siyang makitang mag-ensayo, then maybe after two to three practices, we'll start talking about his contract,” Manalo told Spin.ph.
No less than team owner Mikee Romero expressed his joy over Aguilar's arrival.
“I hope he will return soon and join the team. We are excited to have him, and ready to give him the playing time he wants,” said Romero.
Aguilar was acquired by Globalport Thursday following a trade that sent Rabeh Al-Hussaini to Talk `N Text.
Marvin Espiritu, the Philippine-based agent of Aguilar, said his prized player is already purchasing his ticket back to Manila from Chicago where he has been staying with his parents.
“Wala pa kaming detalyeng napag-uusapan regarding (Japeth's) contract,” he said about his dealings with the former Ateneo and Western Kentucky University back-up center.
“Sa ngayon, inaayos muna namin `yung flight details niya," added Espiritu.
Aguilar's original three-year contract with Talk 'N Text expired last July after the Tropang Texters acquired the rights on him from Burger King (now Barako Bull) following his selection as the No.1 overall pick in the 2009 draft.
After one season with the Tropang Texters, he left Manila to pursue his dream of making it to the NBA.