MAKATI will be one of the few MPBL teams that will be given opportunity to get a relacement ex-pro following its decision to release Philip Paniamogan to PBA team NLEX.
And team owner Paolo Orbeta is hoping to get the best available talent. Their next goal is to get a player in the mold of former MVPs — James Yap and Mark Caguioa.
“That’s what we really wanted at this time, to get a player in the caliber of James Yap and Mark Caguioa,” Orbeta told FOX Sports Philippines.
Orbeta isn’t joking on the team’s wish of getting a player in the caliber of Yap, a two-time MVP and Caguioa, a former Rookie of the Year and MVP of 2012.
In fact, once given the chance, they would make a pitch to get the services of either one of them.
“A lot of people were saying matanda na sila, pero even if may edad na sila, they can be an asset to any team in the MPBL and that’s the reason why we’re serious to get a player in their caliber, or if ever they;re not under contract in the PBA, we’ll make an attempt in hope of signing them up,” added Orbeta.
Makati is one among the few teams which released players to the PBA. Paniamogan is now playing for the Road Warriors along with Bong Galanza, who previously saw action for the Batangas City Athletics-Tanduay.
Another team which claimed it has released a player to the PBA is Caloocan. The team, according to head coach John Kallos, already released Jun Jun Alas to the Phoenix Fuel Masters, but the pro league has yet to issue a memo regarding the player’s inclusion in the roster.
Last season, Jessie Saitanan was signed up by the TNT KaTropa after his brief stint with the Imus Bandera-GLC Truck and Equipment.
A memo was signed by MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes and circulated to all the team owners that the league will allow squads which released players to the PBA to get an ex-pro given that the teams will still uphold the policy of having a maximum five ex-pros in the 20-man roster.
They also have an option whether to get an ex-pro or another local player.