HoopsHype Philippines rumors

March 6, 2013 Updates

An NBA Asia executive believes the historic pre-season game between the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers that will be played at the Mall of Asia Arena this October will be a “national event.” Though the Mall of Asia Arena can only accommodate around 20,000 people, NBA Asia vice president Scott Levy is confident majority of the Philippine population will tune in to watch the game. “I think the majority of the people who will be watching this game will be watching it for free,” he said. “This is gonna be a national event, and there will absolutely be a lot of people in the arena, but 90-plus million people, that’s our goal,” Levy added. “Ninety-plus million people watching this game.” ABS-CBN News

March 4, 2013 Updates

The SM Mall of Asia Arena will host the first-ever preseason exhibition game between two NBA teams in Philippine shores. InterAKTV has learned that the Houston Rockets and the Indiana Pacers are set to do battle at the venue on October 10. A new conference has been scheduled on Tuesday to announce the details of the game. Last June, InterAKTV first reported that the SM Group was working on bringing an NBA game to the Philippines. “Hans Sy was invited by Commissioner Stern during the All-Star Game, and Hans told the Commissioner that he has an arena that is suitable for hosting one of the NBA games,” said Junel Baculi, the athletic director of National University which is part of the SM Group. NU hosted this UAAP season, whose games were played at the MOA Arena. Interaksyon.com

February 8, 2013 Updates
January 24, 2013 Updates

Alaska Aces officially signed Robert Dozier. The American forward will land in Manila tomorrow morning at 5.30 to join his new team. Sportando

January 17, 2013 Updates

Talk ‘N Text are bringing in 6-foot-11 Keith Benson, a second-round draft choice by the Atlanta Hawks in 2011. Keith Benson started his pro career in Italy with Sassari who waived him after a few weeks of Serie A. Sportando

January 9, 2013 Updates
January 2, 2013 Updates

A well-known agent is making a bid to bring in Kenyon Martin for the PBA Commissioner's Cup, although there's no word yet on whether a move to the local pro league would interest the NBA star. Player agent Sheryl Reyes said she has started negotiations with the camp of the high-flying Martin, a 12-year NBA veteran who is without a team after a stint with the Los Angeles Clippers last season where he averaged 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 42 games. “I am moving heaven and earth to bring him here. Kenyon is now weighing his options,” said Reyes. Sports Interactive Network Philippines

The 6-9 forward would be a big boost for any team in the tournament that will feature imports of unlimited height, but Reyes declined to reveal which PBA ballclub she is representing in the negotiations. “The deal is a go if Martin decides on it, his final decision will matter in the end,” she said. Sports Interactive Network Philippines

One of Martin's best friends is former Barako Bull import and Reyes client DerMarr Johnson, who the agent said has been bragging about the popularity of basketball in the Philippines, particularly the PBA. “I am very persistent to bring Martin in, I am his fan and I’m sure Pinoy would love it,” concluded Reyes. Sports Interactive Network Philippines

December 27, 2012 Updates
December 23, 2012 Updates

Forget about NBA standout JaVale McGee suiting up for the Smart Gilas national team. The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has decided to look for another foreign player to beef up the team, passing up the chance to put the 7-foot Denver Nuggets center in a Philippine uniform for the 2013 Fiba Asia Championship. Inquirer.net

November 6, 2012 Updates

A huge insurance fee required to cover JaVale McGee’s lucrative contract with the Denver Nuggets has dimmed negotiations to sign up the NBA star as the second naturalized player of Smart Gilas 2.0 after Marcus Douthit. National coach Chot Reyes confirmed that efforts to naturalize the long-armed, high-leaping Denver center and sign him up for Gilas have hit a snag owing to the huge insurance cover for the four-year, US$44 million deal he signed with the Nuggets prior to the NBA season. Sports Interactive Network Philippines

October 10, 2012 Updates

Japeth Aguilar’s dream of pursuing a career in the American professional basketball circuit stays alive for the meantime after a National Basketball Association (NBA) Developmental League team promised to draft the former Talk ‘N Text center in the upcoming D-League draft. According to Leo Balayon, the CalTech assistant coach who is supervising Aguilar’s skills training in the United States, the six-foot-nine Aguilar attended the tryouts of the Los Angeles D-Fenders and the Santa Cruz Warriors, and gave such a good account of himself in the Warriors’ tryout that the team said they would draft him. “Basically both teams (the D-Fenders and the Warriors) invited him to try out,” Balayon said in an e-mail to Yahoo! PH Sports. “The D-Fenders did not have a coach yet when he was invited so it was not the best situation. Someone I know in the organization had brought Japeth to the D-Fenders general managers’ attention. We really appreciated that. So after a day, Japeth got an invite to their closed invite-only tryout.” Yahoo! Sports Philippines

The problem, Balayon said, was that some people in the organization got “too excited” about Japeth and claimed he played like Kevin Durant. On the day of the tryout, the team introduced former NBA player Reggie Theus as the new head coach, and Balayon said this caused some problems. “[Theus] had no input on who would be in the tryouts because he was just brought in so I think he was not as invested in it,” he continued. “The assistants from last year as well as other staff were the ones who organized the tryouts. So after being told Japeth played like KD and that he was the one to be looked at first, Theus was already being set with the wrong expectations. “They forced him to play center and power forward, not the SF, which we have been really working on. So even though Japeth played decently, Theus had unrealistic expectations, through no fault of his own.” Yahoo! Sports Philippines

Since the Warriors are already planning on using their first-round pick in the draft on another player, they hope to land Aguilar with their second-round pick. There are currently 16 D-League teams, and it’s not yet clear where the Warriors, who were known last season as the Dakota Wizards, will land in the order of drafting. The draft is set in the first week of November. “They (the Warriors) said they would draft him if he is still available when their turn comes in the draft,” Balayon said. “That's good to hear because they really value him. They even think na maunahan sila. Kasi their very first pick has already been promised to someone else. But their second pick daw will be for Japeth. All we need to do now is wait for the draft. “My concern right now is that if he gets drafted by a team other than the Warriors, he might not get the playing time he needs to improve and get to the NBA. I hope if a team drafts him they really intend to play him.” Yahoo! Sports Philippines

September 24, 2012 Updates

Aguilar, for his part, held another private workout, this time with Tom Sellers, a scout of the New Orleans Hornets, in news that came out of popular baksetball website HoopsHype.com recently. "Filipino forward Japeth Aguilar had a workout with Hornets' scout Don Sellers in attendance, agent Chris McGarry told HoopsHype," said HoopsHype's official Twitter account. philstar.com

After two days and more than six hours of workouts, National Basketball Association New Orleans Hornets scout Don Sellers likes Japeth Aguilar’s game but deep down doesn’t believe the former Philippine Basketball Association No. 1 pick is ready for the big show yet. Sellers, who serves as an advanced personnel scout for the Hornets, likes Aguilar’s athleticism, agility and potential but feels the 6’9” Filipino needs to become more aggressive and develop “toughness” to play in the next level - the NBA. “I think he’s a work in progress,” he said. “I like some of the skills he brings to the table. Again, I want to reiterate this, he needs to become more of a westernized player which you saw today he’s made a commitment in doing. ” Asian Journal

September 20, 2012 Updates

Filipino basketball player Japeth Aguilar has been invited to a two-day workout for another National Basketball Association (NBA) team this weekend, his agent confirmed to ABS-CBN News. Aguilar’s agent, Chris McGarry, said two NBA teams have contacted him about the 6-foot-9 Filipino forward. One NBA team from the Eastern Conference will also have a workout with Aguilar this weekend. ABS-CBN News

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