JAPETH Aguilar's primary consideration will be playing time when he returns to the PBA.
According to his Philippine-based agent Marvin Espiritu, the 6-9 big man wants to be with a team where he can get prolonged exposure on the court when he charts his future in the pro league.
“Yun lang naman ang gusto niya eh. Hindi naman niya sinasabi na, ‘Ayaw ko na sa Talk 'N Text,' gusto lang niyang maglaro," said Espiritu while underlining Aguilar’s respect for Norman Black, his former coach at Ateneo.
“Iniisip niya si coach, kasi dun siya nagsimula. Pinagkatiwalaan niya 'yun sa career niya at malaki ang naitulong nito sa career niya. Kaso ang tanong niya, ano ba ang magiging role niya sa Talk n’ Text?”
Talk 'N Text holds the signing rights on Aguilar, although there had been a number of trade rumors involving the enigmatic slotman in the months that he spent in the US pursuing his dream to play in the NBA.
The agile but underachieving former Western Kentucky player is expected to return home before the end of the month, or a few days after celebrating his birthday with family and friends in Chicago on January 25.
According to Espiritu, Aguilar believes he can’t get the needed confidence by mostly sitting on the bench.
“Tinitignan na niya kasi yung future ng career niya eh. Kasi kung sa ibang team, nakikita niya na merun siyang chance to develop more. Kasi come winning time (with Talk 'N Text) dati, most of the time nasa bench siya ," said Espiritu.
When asked where Aguilar can get the playing time, his agent replied: “Siguro sa Global Port, kulang na kulang sa big man yung team na yun. Kung playing time ang pag-uusapan, mananawa siya run."
Aside from Globalport, other teams said to be eyeing Aguilar are Barangay Ginebra, Air 21, and Alaska.