Do you know who and who are the free agents? Do you have any free agent news? Who will likely and unlikely be signed? The PBA website is not too imformative.
WELCOAT SERIOUS IN BUILDUP, TAGS BELASCO FOR CABATU
Aljamal to TNT, Lanete to Purefoods
Monday, 20 August 2007
Veteran player Nic Belasco is going to Welcoat, sophomore pro Junjun Cabatu to Alaska and rookie draftee Yousif Aljamal to Talk N Text.
With the 2007 PBA Rookie Draft over, most of the ballclubs have started trying to boost their rosters with Belasco, Cabatu and Aljamal among the players involved in trade deals consummated thus far.
Red Bull earlier acquired Mark Andaya for nothing from Air21 while Purefoods signed up rookie free agent Chico Lanete for a two-year contract worth P5 million.
Welcoat is showing great resolve to make an impact in the coming 33rd PBA season, recruiting Belasco from Alaska after picking Joe Devance and Ryan Arana from the Rookie Draft Sunday.
The Dragons, the league whipping boys last campaign, acquired Belasco in exchange for Cabatu. Belasco is a restricted free agent with his previous playing contract with Alaska expiring at the end of the 2006-07 season.
Welcoat and Alaska closed the deal a few minutes before the Draft held at the Market! Market! Activity Center in Taguig.
“This is a win-win deal for both teams. We need a veteran player who could give us stability. Cabatu could give Alaska youth exuberance,” said Welcoat coach Leo Austria.
Yousif Aljamal is headed for Talk N Text since the Piltel franchise and Air21 also had an agreement event before the drafting.
Air21 selected Aljamal at No. 8 overall. Talk N Text didn’t have a chance to tab the 6-foot-3 forward since the Phone Pals had given up their first round pick on a previous trade transaction.
Talk N Text team manager Frankie Lim said they’re still working on what to give in exchange for their acquisition of Aljamal, his player at San Beda.
Air21 coach Bo Perasol said the team is likely to keep their three other draftees in JC Intal, Doug Kramer and Marvin Cruz.
The three and another rookie hopeful RJ Masbang join the Express as they start their training Tuesday at the Xavier Gym in San Juan.
“With the entry of Intal, Kramer and Cruz, we now have nine players in our lineup. Gary David is our 10th man. We’ll look at two other players from the free agent pool,” said Perasol.
Draft aspirants not picked Sunday automatically joined the free agent pool. Among noted players not drafted were guards Khiel Misa, Reed Juntilla and Wynsjohn Te. (NC)
Welcoat continued its team rebuilding, hoping to turn its fortunes around in its second season in the pro league as it recruited reliable veteran forward Nic Belasco from Alaska Milk after picking Joe Devance and Ryan Arana from the Rookie Draft Sunday.
The Dragons, tail-enders on both the All-Filipino and Reinforced conferences last campaign, acquired the signing rights on Belasco in exchange for sophomore center-forward Junjun Cabatu. Belasco is a restricted free agent with his previous playing contract with Alaska expiring at the end of the 2006-07 season.
Meanwhile, Yousif Aljamal is headed for Talk n Text since the Piltel franchise and Air21, even before the draft, agreed on a trade deal involving the services of the San Beda do-it-all star.
Air21 selected Aljamal at No. 8 overall in Sunday’s draft. Talk n Text didn’t have a chance to tab the 6-foot-3 forward since the Phone Pals had given up their 2007 first round pick on a previous trade transaction.
Talk n Text team manager Frankie Lim, in a text message to The STAR, said they’re still working on what to offer in exchange for their acquisition of Aljamal.
Air21 coach Bo Perasol said the team is likely to keep their three other draftees in JC Intal, Doug Kramer and Marvin Cruz.
The three and another rookie hopeful RJ Masbang join the Express as they start their training today at the Xavier Gym in San Juan.
“With the entry of Intal, Kramer and Cruz, we now have nine players in our lineup. (Injured player) Gary David is our 10th man. We’ll look for two other players from the free agent pool,” said Perasol.
Draft aspirants not picked Sunday automatically joined the free agent pool. Among noted players not drafted were guards Khiel Misa, Reed Juntilla and Wynsjohn Te.
Over at Welcoat, more trades may happen in the next few days with the team looking forward to build a competitive lineup for the coming 33rd PBA season.
“For sure, we will improve with the addition of Devance. We’ll be more competitive than last season. But we may be hard-pressed for a championship,” said coach Leo Austria.
Welcoat co-owners Raymund Yu and Terry Que were upbeat in the composition of the team after getting Devance and Arana from the draft.
“Everybody was looking at Devance. But they seemed to overlook Arana. The guy’s a winner,” said Yu of the former La Salle mainstay.
Meanwhile, the PBA Commissioner’s Office has scheduled a pre-season tourney, also featuring a visiting team from South Korea, next month.
Alaska Milk is the defending champion in the pre-season tourney, serving as the appetizer to the coming season which opens Oct. 14 at the Araneta Coliseum.
Former professional basketball player Paul Alvarez posted bail Tuesday afternoon after he was criminally charged for allegedly mauling a taxi driver and a television reporter, ABS-CBN News reported.
The Mandaluyong City Prosecutors’ Office told Paul “Bong” Alvarez to pay P4,000 for his temporary release from detention at the police station.
Alvarez defended himself during inquest proceedings for the two counts of physical injuries filed against him by ABS-CBN News reporter Gretchen Malalad.
Alvarez claimed that taxi driver Wilfredo Cabanlit tricked him and drove around while he was dozing off. He said his offer of P5,000 was accepted by Cabanlit to settle the matter amicably.
“P10,000 na nga ang inalok ko dapat pero naging P5,000 na lang,” Alvarez said.
The former cage star said he was also shocked at his actions when he hit Malalad who was then trying to interview Cabanlit.
“Sabi ko Gretch, sorry may [tatlo akong] anak,” Alvarez said.
Malalad, however, is determined to pursue the case against Alvarez.
Almira Muhlach, the ex-cager’s wife, rushed to Alvarez's side after coming from a hospital.
Anabel Rama, Muhlach’s manager, appeared at the police station to help Alvarez get a lawyer and posted bail for him.
“Ako kasi ang manager ni Almira, humingi ng tulong (They sought help because I'm Almira's manager),” Rama said.
Ex-cager hits black belter
Malalad said Alvarez pulled her hair, elbowed her in the face and neck and punched her on the forehead while she was interviewing Cabanlit. She added that she also suffered scratches to her neck.
Malalad, a karate black belter, said she was able to hit Alvarez in the face before police intervened. The incident was captured by ABS-CBN cameraman Larry Galinato.
“Masasabi ko lang napakabastos nitong si Bong Alvarez. Noong ayaw niyang magpakuha ni-respeto namin iyon. [Noong] papasok na kami sa pintuan dahil sa nandoon ang biktima, siya na lang ang dapat na iinterbyuhin namin, pero sinasarado niya ang pintuan ayaw niyang magpadaan. (Bong Alvarez is so rude. When he declined to be interviewed, we respected his decision. But when we were about to interview his victim he was trying to stop us.)"
She added: "Tapos ng binuksan niya paglabas niya siniko niya ako sa mukha. Hindi ko talaga akalain (When he went out of the room, he elbowed me in the face. I was caught off guard).”
In a related development, Luis Teodoro, deputy director for the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, said Malalad was right to defend herself.
Teodoro said journalists should protect themselves in similar situations or when their lives are in danger.
The reporter’s response to the incident was appropriate to the danger she was in, Teodoro said.
He also said Alvarez violated press freedom when he prevented Malalad to interview the victim or perform her duties to get all the facts of the story.
The Express are bringing back showtime basketball, popularized by the National Basketball Association’s Los Angeles Lakers, to Philippine Basketball Association diehards starting next season.
Air21 president and team manager Lito Alvarez said the Express’ will introduce their own brand of showtime with the acquisition of young, high-flying recruits from the recent draft. “This team is capable of providing a different level of showtime in the coming season.”
Alvarez said with draft find JC Intal, Niño Canaleta and Arwind Santos playing together, “malamang showtime ang ipapakita nitong team na ito. I expect Intal to play more minutes in the absence of Gary David.”
Air21 made the 6’3” Intal, as its fourth overall pick, surprised that the former Blue Eagle landed on the Express’ lap.
“We were surprised and we were lucky,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez said Intal, along with Doug Kramer and Marvin Cruz, will be signed to three-year deals by the management and will join Air21 mainstays Santos, Canaleta, Ranidel de Ocampo, Homer Se, Wynne Arboleda, Aries Dimaunahan and David, who is still recuperating from an injury.
The Express, who also picked Yousif Aljamal, traded the former San Beda star to the Talk N Text for a future pick.
Aljamal, a key member of the San Beda champion squad in the National Collegiate Athletic Association last year, will reunite with his San Beda coach Frankie Lim, the team manager of the Phone Pals, in Talk N Text.
“We like our chances in the coming season. We have seven holdovers and three additions. Dalawa na lang ang kulang,” said Air21 coach Bo Perasol.
Perasol’s fate as coach remains uncertain, as the management is still awaiting the arrival of Robert Jaworski, who was offered the head coaching job for Air21.
“I’m still running the team in practices,” said Perasol. “The same system pa rin ’yung ginagamit namin, which runs in the philosophy of our company as a fast-paced team. But we will be better this conference.”
Alvarez said he’s eyeing journeyman Kiko Adriano to fill up his defensive rotation in the absence of David. Adriano was part of a four-way trade that also involved Brandon Cablay and Omanzie Rodriguez for Larry Fonacier.
Fonacier eventually went to San Miguel Beer, Adriano and Cablay were picked by Red Bull while Rodriguez went to Purefoods.
But the Express believes that the Barakos will eventually give up Adriano after they picked up Jojo Duncil, another big guard, from the draft. The Barakos still have two more defensive stoppers in Junthy Valenzuela and Cyrus Baguio in the shooting guard spot.
Sta. Lucia Realtors will target at least the championship in the coming 7th Brunei Cup Basketball Championship. This is in relation with the signing up of Ex-California State University, Fullerton (US-NCAA Division 1) standout Ryan Reyes along with natural shooting guard Anthony Johnson as reinforcement.
Johnson, who led Kansas Cagerz to capture the 2007 USBL championship with an amazing average of 16.4ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3FGP: 35.7%, FT: 77.0%, boosts more the chances of the team. Johnson was also a former import of PBA's Coca Cola Tigers.
The Realtors also signed another top rookie Melvin Mamaclay and free agent Philip Buttel to complete its roster.
Philippine national team standout Kelly Williams (196-F-82, college: Oakland) will be expected to banner the team after performing well in the last FIBA Asian Championship in Japan. Veterans and former national team members Marlou Aquino and Dennis Espino are also expected to provide additional firepower to the team.
Realtors can probably match up well against any teams in the tournament with Aquino, Espino, Williams, Johnson and Reyes in the starting line-up.
The squad will leave the country on Thursday with the hope of bringing the championship back home.
Other participating teams are RP Harbour Centre National Team, Darwin Airport Resort All-Star, Jordan All-Star, Singapore Slingers and LG Sakers.
The PBA recently released its complete player and team statistics for the 2006-07 season.
From the statistics painstakingly assembled by Fidel Mangonon and his staff, we found out who did what. Barangay Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa, for instance, topped the league in scoring with a 24.6 clip (for 148 locals and Fil-Ams who played at least a game) while teammate Rudy Hatfield was No. 1 in rebounding, grabbing 11.3 a game. Other major statistical leaders included Purefoods’ Marc Pingris (field goal percentage at .588), San Miguel’s Chris Calaguio (three-point field goal percentage at .405), San Miguel’s Olsen Racela (free throw percentage at .872), Ginebra’s Jay-Jay Helterbrand (assists at 8.5), Air21’s Wynne Arboleda (steals at 1.8) and Sta. Lucia’s Marlou Aquino (blocked shots at 1.7).
Beyond the traditional leaders board, we looked at other things not tabulated in – but derived from – the PBA’s 24-page statistical report. These were the intriguing stories behind the statistics – like the guards who compiled more turnovers than assists, those who never took a single three-point shot, those who shot better from the field than the free throw line, those who were more accurate shooting when defended than when open, those who didn’t miss a single free throw, those who shot less than 45 percent from the line, those who had more offensive than defensive rebounds and the one player who had more rebounds than points.
Here’s what we came up with.
Believe it or not, one of the league’s shortest (if not the shortest) players, Red Bull’s Topex Robinson, was one of three players who hauled down more offensive than defensive rebounds. Robinson had 80 offensive and 76 defensive rebounds. Others similarly situated were Coca-Cola’s Neil Raneses (14 to 11) and Mike Gavino (21 to 16).
It’s not often a player has a higher shooting percentage from the field than the charity stripe. But six cagers did it – Pingris (.588 to .509), Welcoat’s Gilbert Lao (.544 to .444), Ginebra’s Rafi Reavis (.564 to .533), Talk ’N’ Text’s Harvey Carey (.574 to .523), San Miguel’s Kiko Adriano (.594 to .500) and Air21’s Mark Andaya (.545 to .500).
Only one player had more rebounds than points. Coca-Cola’s Bernzon Franco scored five points and grabbed seven rebounds in five total games, including two with Alaska.
In the dubious list of players who shot less than 45 percent from the line were Robinson (.448), Talk ’N’ Text’s Patrick Fran (.400), Alaska’s Christian Luanzon (.250), Lao (.440), Welcoat’s Jay Sagad (.000 on 0-of-2) and Coca-Cola’s R. J. Rizada (.000 on 0-of-2).
Almost making it to the roster were Aquino (.460), San Miguel’s Enrico Villanueva (.472) and Purefoods’ Romel Adducul (.495).
In contrast, four players didn’t miss at all from the stripe – Franco (1-of-1), Purefoods’ Boyet Bautista (4-of-4) and Arnold Gamboa (2-of-2) and Talk ’N’ Text’s Abby Santos (4-of-4).
Players who hit less than 45 percent from both the field and foul line included Robinson (.429 FG, .448 FT), Fran (.293 FG, .400 FT), Luanzon (.227 FG, .250 FT), Sagad (.429 FG, .000 FT) and Rizada (.000 FG, .000 FT). Barely missing the cut was Aquino who shot .443 from the field and .460 from the line.
Those who registered a higher shooting percentage when defended than when open were Coca-Cola’s Leo Avenido (.333 to .278), Sagad (.478 to .200), Lao (.538 to .500) and Welcoat’s E. J. Feihl (.444 to .000). Sometimes, a player is more comfortable shooting when there’s a defender in front of him than when he’s left wide open. But he’s more the exception than the rule.
Hitting open shots is almost an imperative. Why would a player free himself for a shot if he can’t shoot it anyway? Those who were very accurate in unmolested situations were Carey (.921 on 70-of-76 open shots), Pingris (.957 on 22-of-23), Ginebra’s Paolo Hubalde (3-of-3), Talk ’N’ Text’s Jonathan Aldave (1-of-1), Air21’s Niño Marquez (2-of-2), Air21’s Ryan Bernardo (1-of-1), Sta. Lucia’s Mark Magsumbol (2-of-2) and Franco (1-of-1).
The players who never attempted a triple were Magsumbol, Sta. Lucia’s Mark Isip, Andaya, Feihl, Ginebra’s Billy Mamaril and Andy Seigle, Red Bull’s Paolo Bugia, Coca-Cola’s Ali Peek, Franco and Jason Misolas, Alaska’s Sonny Thoss, San Miguel’s Mark Kong and Omanzie Rodriguez, Bernardo, Pingris, Purefoods’ Jondan Salvador and Gamboa, Gavino and Coca-Cola’s Kalani Ferreria. That means 129 of 148 locals tried to shoot at least one triple or a high 87 percent.
Those who tried to score from three-point distance but never converted were San Miguel’s Danny Ildefonso (0-of-8), Abby Santos (0-of-4), Alaska’s Reynel Hugnatan (0-of-3), Reavis (0-of-3), Aquino (0-of-3), San Miguel’s Gabby Espinas (0-of-3) and 19 others who attempted at least twice.
The guards who had more turnovers than assists were Ginebra’s Mark Macapagal (37 to 35), Red Bull’s Leo Najorda (61 to 53), Talk ’N’ Text’s Mark Cardona (210 to 157), Sta. Lucia’s Kelly Williams (84 to 76), Cesar Catli (12 to 5) and Bitoy Omolon (53 to 39), Purefoods’ James Yap (87 to 72), P. J. Simon (52 to 44), Coca-Cola’s Joseph Yeo (44 to 30) and Misolas (30 to 22), Welcoat’s Rob Wainwright (30 to 27), Air21’s Gary David (96 to 64) and Arwind Santos (66 to 41), San Miguel’s Lordy Tugade (33 to 16), Alaska’s Aaron Aban (7 to 5), Luanzon (4 to 1), Eddie Laure (47 to 43) and Tony de la Cruz (44 to 43). Some of them played forward, too, so they’re excused.
If you’re patient in digging up hidden statistics, you’ll uncover a lot more intriguing stories.
IT will be TGIF for most of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Rookie Draft first-round picks.
The Welcoat Dragons, for instance, are about to conclude their negotiations with No. 1 pick Joe de Vance and 12th-overall pick overall Ryan Araña this Friday.
Most of the teams are also in the process of finalizing deals on their rookie choices and have set Friday—the deadline for rookie signings—as the day to finalize deals with their mother teams.
De Vance has been offered the maximum pay and from all indications the Filipino-American player is set to accept the offer.
“Pumapasyal siya sa practice and nagpapapawis kahit na sinabihan ko na pumirma muna ng contract,” said Dragons coach Leo Austria.
De Vance got a three-year deal worth P8.5 million as the league’s top pick. He is set to take home a monthly income of P150,000 in his first year, P225,000 in his second and P337,000 for his final year plus bonuses other incentives.
De Vance is set to join incoming sophomore Jay-Ar Reyes and veteran Nic Belasco in forming a lethal inside combo as Welcoat enters its sophomore season. Belasco was acquired last week from Alaska for Jun Jun Cabatu.
The Air21 Express, meanwhile, expressed their commitment in signing up college superstar JC Intal and teammate Douglas Kramer. Intal and Kramer will each be receiving three-year deals this weekend.
Also, the Ginebra Gin Kings are expected to sign lone draft Macky Escalona.
Gin Kings coach Jong Uichico said Escalona will most likely have a place in his team now that they have allowed guards Jec Chia and Egay Echavez to look for other teams.
Meanwhile, high-flying center Rafi Reavis is expected to return to Barangay Ginebra.
“I talked to him last week and he reiterated the operation was successful and so was his rehabilitation,” related Uichico. “Ang hindi lang natin sigurado at malalaman lang ng husto pagdating niya, ’yung timetable ng kanyang progress, kung strengthened na ang shoulder niya and if he is game-ready.”
Uichico is also holding tryouts to look for somebody who can replace Rudy Hatfield.
“May mga inimbitahan na tayong mag-tryout, pero so far, wala pa kaming nakikitang pwede. Alam naman kasi nating big shoes to fill ’yung kay Rudy because do-it-all siya."
RP Harbour Centre National Team beats PBA's Ginebra, Norwood begged off to play in Brunei
by Hector Santos
Philippine Basketball League backed RP Harbour Centre National Team won its tune up game against Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings yesterday at the Greenmeadows Gym.
The win, 77-68, will be a moral boost for the team which will leave today for Brunei to compete in the 7th Brunei Cup (August 25 to September 2).
Christian Coronel (176-G), Joshua Urbiztondo, Jason Castro, Jeffrey Chan, Eric de la Cuesta, Robert Sanz, Beau Belga (196-C), Dennis Daa, Chad Alonzo, Jerwin Gaco, Lawrence Bonus, Nestor David and former pros Allan Salansang and Ato Morano consists the line up the team that will compete in the Brunei joust.
Filipino-American Gabriel Norwood, who last played for the RP team that competed in the FIBA-Asia tournament in Japan, begged off from the tournament but will be available for the coming SEA Games in Thailand.
Norwood's absence will definitely lessen the chances of the squad in the Brunei competition.
Other participating teams in the Brunei tournament are PBA's Sta. Lucia Realtors, Jordan All-Stars, Korean Basketball League's LG Sakers, Darwin Airport Resort All Star and Australia National Basketball League's Singapore Slingers.
No. 1 overall pick Devance signs max 3-yr pact with Welcoat
Friday, 24 August 2007
The Alaska Aces have been in the PBA so long not to know their assignments in the annual Rookie Draft.
The reigning Fiesta Conference champions are on vacation in Los Angeles,
California, and team manager Joaqui Trillo has been comfortable with the thought that negotiations with their draftees can be done smoothly upon their return by the first week of September.
Trillo was not aware a wrong report back home sowed confusion, prompting other teams to entertain hopes they can acquire prized big men Ken Bono and JR Quinahan.
"Officials from other teams called up when they heard news that Alaska has yet to tender an offer on Bono," said Edgar Tan, who represents the former UAAP MVP.
"Akala ko rin wala pa. But Bono has confirmed to me that he has signed a paper with Alaska right on draft day," Tan added.
Air21, a team still looking to shore up its frontline, was the first to inquire on Bono’s status.
But before leaving for their US trip, Trillo made sure to secure signing rights on Ken Bono, Quinahan and a third draftee in Ardy Larong.
Trillo tendered offers to Bono, Quinahan and Larong right after picking them in the draft exercise held Sunday at the Market! Market! Activity Center in Taguig. It was the eve of the team’s departure for the US for a short vacation as part of their bonus for winning the recent Fiesta Conference.
The documents were immediately forwarded to the PBA office, assuring the Alaska team the rights on the three players. This is contrary to reports that Bono has yet to receive offer from Alaska and thus may become an unrestricted free agent.
"We tendered this offer subject to further negotiation on the terms and filing a copy hereof with the Commissioner’s Office in order to comply with the five-day requirement of the revised drafting system," said the paper signed by Trillo and Bono, dated August 19.
After the Draft Day, teams are given a five-working-day grace period to tender offers to their draftees to formally gain signing rights on their selections.
Without an offer in five days, the player automatically becomes a free agent with the right to negotiate with the team of his choice.
Meanwhile, top draft pick Joe Devance has officially become a Welcoat Dragon as he signed Friday his P8.7, three-year pact with the Welbest company.
Aside from that guaranteed purse, Devance was assured of a good incentive package, not counting the help promised by the team management in acquiring a condominium unit somewhere in Ortigas Center or Eastwood City.
The team also formalized its deals with old mainstay Rob Wainwright and second-round pick Ryan Arana. (NC)
I think Joselito " Jojo" Duncil is the steal of the 2007 PBA Draft probably one of the best draft in recent years.
We might be seeing another soon to be Mark Caguioa in the PBA. DUncil is probably one of the best athlete in this years Draft Class and he is also a proven Clutch Shooter.
The thing that i like about Duncil is this guy is very coachable and does not have any bad attitude towards the game. He might actually get enough playing time as a Rookie after Larry Fonacier was traded to the San Miguel Beermen a couple of weeks ago.
Jojo Duncil Player stats
2006 UAAP Season ( 14 games)
Overall 14 Games 29.1 MPG, 15.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.5 APG
Coach Binky Favis will decide who are in and who are out in the Coca-Cola Tigers roster in the next two days as they start serious training next Monday.
Favis said he has 10 players enjoying live contracts and the team management is currently negotiating with new recruit Mark Telan and rookie draftee Ronjay Buenafe for their own pacts.
With the league now allowing a 14-man roster for each team, Coca-Cola can accommodate two more from among veteran free agents William Antonio, Chester Tolomia, Ervin Sotto, Mike Gavino, Gerard Francisco and Leo Avenido.
“I intend to complete the lineup by Tuesday because we’re taking a break Wednesday to Sunday. Upon our return Monday, I want everything settled so everybody can have peace of mind,” said Favis.
With Telan and Buenafe reinforcing the team’s old main rotation of John Arigo, Ali Peek, Alex Cabagnot, Kenneth Duremdes, Joseph Yeo and Jason Misolas, Favis is hopeful they can turn their fortunes around in the 33rd PBA season opening Oct. 14.
“We’ve definitely got better. I guess we can now look forward to competing in the playoffs,” said Favis whose troops failed to make it past the wildcard plays in both the All-Filipino and reinforced tourneys last campaign.
Buenafe, a former Emilio Aguinaldo College star guard who suited up with Mail and More in the PBL, was picked by the Tigers No. 11 overall in the recent Rookie Draft. He’s agreed to a two-year contract with Coca-Cola but the two parties are still working on the terms of the deal.
“Buenafe is very promising,” said Favis of his rookie draftee whose entry into Coca-Cola lineup could displace veteran mainstay Antonio.
“We’re still evaluating things. Nothing is definite,” said Favis on the status of Antonio, Coke’s top outside threat for a long time.
Favis hinted Tolomia and Sotto may be signed up as the team’s 13th and 14th men.
“We’re laying down the foundation of this team and I think we’re moving towards the right direction,” said the Coca-Cola mentor.
It’s all been downhill for the Tigers since their breakthrough showing in 2003 where they figured in the finals in the season’s all three conferences under coach Chot Reyes.
Released center Mark Andaya making him an unrestricted free agent. First round picks JC Intal and Doug Kramer inked three-year contracts worth close to P8 million, P7-million++, respectively. Second round pick Marvin Cruz has also been signed to a three-year pact. Among the free agents trying out for spots on the team include ex-Alaska forward Bernzon Franco, ex-Ginebra guard Jec Chia and former Sta. Lucia guard Mark Magsumbol. The Express are also eyeing Red Bull's Carlo Sharma.
First round picks Joseph Ronald Quinahan and Karl Kenneth Bono have been given qualifying offers and will sign their contracts by the time the team returns from California (September 1 the earliest). No truth to the rumor regarding the Dale Singson-Paolo Mendoza trade.
Brgy Ginebra Kings
Signed up rookie free agent forward JR Aquino of De La Salle to a one-year contract. Signed up guard Johnny Abarrientos to a one-year pact. Announced that center Rafi Reavis will be back with the team following a shoulder injury operation. First round pick Macky Escalona has been signed to a three-year pact. Forward Rudy Hatfield may not be back with the team. Released Andy Seigle making him an unrestricted free agent. Former Welcoat center Gilbert Lao is trying out for a spot on the team.
Acquired Mark Clemence Telan from Air21 for a 2008 first round pick. Second round pick Ronjay Buenafe has been inked to a two-year pact.
Purefoods TJ Giants
Signed up undrafted rookie free agent guard Chico Lanete to a two-year contract worth P5 million. Released guard Boyet Bautista making him an unrestricted free agent. Paul Artadi and Richard Yee have yet to ink new pacts. Veteran Jun Limpot is contemplating on retiring. Acquired the rights of Omanzie Rodriguez from Red Bull for a 2009 second round pick. The team is eyeing Red Bull's Brandon Lee Cablay. Alex Crisano, Reed Juntilla and Ardy Larong are trying out for spots on the team. The team is currently competing in the Fifth Bahrain-Philippines Goodwill Games in Bahrain.
Red Bull Barakos
Signed up free agent center Mark Andaya. Forward Rich Alvarez will be out for 5 months after suffering an ACL injury. Acquired Brandon Lee Cablay and Francis Adriano from San Miguel for Larry Fonacier. Omanzie Rodriguez who was part of the package deal has been traded to Purefoods for a 2009 second round pick. Second round pick Jojo Duncil will be signed to a contract by the team. The team has also expressed interest in Air21's Homer Se.
San Miguel Beer
Acquired guard Larry Fonacier from Red Bull for Francis Adriano, Omanzie Rodriguez and Brandon Lee Cablay. Signed first round picks Samigue Eman and Jonas Villanueva to two-year pacts.
Sta Lucia Realty
Signed first round pick Ryan Reyes to a three-year contract. Signed second round pick Melvin Mamaclay to a two-year pact. Signed undrafted rookie free agent center Philip Butel to a one-year contract. Per team policy, details of the deals have not been disclosed. The team is currently competing in the 2007 Brunei Cup.
Talk N Text Phonepals
Acquired the rights to first round pick Yousif Aljamal from Air21 for future considerations.
Acquired Nic Belasco from Alaska for Junjun Cabatu. Signed first round pick Joe Devance and second round pick Ryan Arana to three-year contracts worth P8.5 million and P5.4 million, respectively. Released Gilbert Lao making him an unrestricted free agent. The team also signed up forward Rob Wainwright to a two-year P4 million pact. The team is said to be eyeing Purefoods' Noy Castillo. The team is currently negotiating with Don Allado's pact which expired at the end of last month