THE offer of Talk `N Text to big man Japeth Aguilar still stands even if the 38th season of the PBA is already underway.
The Tropang Texters has offered the gangling big man a one-year deal shortly after his contract expired, only to see the former top draft pick overall go to the US to try his luck in the United States.
“Andiyan pa rin `yung offer para sa kanya,” said team manager Aboy Castro Sunday prior to the colorful opening ceremony of the PBA 38th season at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Anytime, puwede pa naman siyang bumalik sa team.”
Aguilar is still in the US trying out for a spot with NBA D-League team Bakersfield Jam. The 6-foot-8 center made the initial cut and will undergo another round of tryout on October 20.
Castro added it was Aguilar who sought just a year-long contract for flexibility purposes in case the Talk `N Text frontman decided to try his luck in the US again by next year.
“Siya ang nag-request niyan, he wants flexibility kasi baka mamaya biglang may dumating uli na pagkakataon, mas madali na para sa kanya,” said Castro.
Talk `N Text management, according to Castro, understands the situation of Aguilar, who has long dreamed of breaking through the US pro basketball circuit since his days with Western Kentucky University in the US NCAA.
Aguilar hopes to eventually make the grade in the NBA.
“I know ginagawa niya ang lahat to reach his dream. And he’s well aware na baka ito na `yung huli niyang pagkakataon. If he doesn’t do it know, kelan pa niya gagawin ito,” said Castro.
The Talk `N Text executive said he’s constantly in touch with Aguilar’s father, former national team player Peter, his agent, and the players' US-based friends.
He’s also monitoring the various scouting reports of US personnel on Aguilar, who held a private tryout with NBA teams San Antonio, Orlando, and Boston.
For a `4’ spot, ang downside ni Japeth sa mga scouts payat talaga siya, although he has height, athleticism, and length,” Castro said. “Now, he has to try and figure it out if he can play the 3 spot, but the problem, he doesn’t’ have the ball handling and jump shooting skills of say a T-Mac (Tracy McGrady).”