JAPETH Aguilar has declared his desire to be traded, but Talk ‘N Text team manager Aboy Castro stressed the franchise has no intention of trading him and prefers to wait for his return from the United States to personally talk to him.
The 6-9 Aguilar has declared through his Philippine-based agent that “he wanted out of the (Talk 'N Text) because he no longer sees himself getting the playing time he wanted with the Tropang Texters.”
The PLDT franchise, however, is in no mood to grant his demand.
“No trades, whatsoever. Wala naman,” Castro told Spin.ph, pointing out that the Texters had just won a championship while their enigmatic big man was in the US chasing his NBA dream.
“We’ve been in this situation for the last five months. We won our third straight All-Filipino title without him, so why rock the boat?” Castro added.
Castro's statement is expected to lead to a standoff at a time when Aguilar is looking to start again in the local pro league after his stint as a practice player with the Sta. Cruz Warriors in the NBA D-League.
There is also the possibility that the franchise, which holds the signing rights on Aguilar, may opt to sit on the request and leave the former Ateneo player in limbo.
A meeting between Talk 'N Text officials and the player is also in doubt since Aguilar has said through Espiritu that he plans to return to the country only after he has been sent to another team.
Aguilar, son of former PBA player Peter, was earlier scheduled to return after celebrating his birthday with friends and family in Chicago on Friday.