Decision time for Japeth as Japan B.League comes calling

Decision time for Japeth as Japan B.League comes calling
© Provided by

CHICAGO –  It was early last October when Japeth Aguilar, then vacationing in Cebu with his drop dead gorgeous wife, was made aware that a B.League team was interested in his services.

Since the 6-foot-9, 235-pound big had a live contract with Ginebra, no official offer was made.

But the possibilities were breathtaking, including a salary of “$35,000 a month,” multiple sources told me.

Fortunately or unfortunately – depending on which side of the potential tug-of-war one sits – lips moved and a lot of ears took a listen.

In our business, we call that a “leak.”

The communication lines between the two parties have since quieted, fading like the last lonely hymns of a long Sunday sermon.

Does this mean the Japeth-to-Japan escapade is a dead deal instead of a done deal?

Not necessarily. 

The only thing that would kill all these talks outright is if Japaeth, whose contract expires this December, will sign a multi-year extension with Ginebra.

A few hours ago, a PBA source told me that Ginebra, obviously aware now of the foreign courtship, is “warming up” talks of an extension. 


The Land of the Rising Sun had tightened the issuance of visas starting last November and the fears of the spread of the Covid variant omicron has made entry to that plush country even more difficult, if not downright impossible.

“It’s a moot point,”  a source familiar with Japeth’s situation told “It’s just timing. If it was May, June and July, he could have any number of opportunities. It’s hard halfway through the season.” 

Still, given how San Miguel tends to latch on to its players with the might and fury of a loving, overprotective mother, SMC sports director Alfranchis Chua will likely pony up enough dough and perks to make sure Aguilar stays on home soil.

I texted Chua seeking comment and he has yet to respond. 

Decision time for Japeth as Japan B.League comes calling
© Provided by Japeth Aguilar is 34 but still at the peak of his powers. Japeth Aguilar is 34 but still at the peak of his powers.

The passionate, enthusiastic pursuit for the services of Japeth is anything but a surprise.

Well-pedigreed, Japeth is the son of retired PBA player Peter Aguilar, himself an outstanding, hard-nosed center who partnered with Jojo Lastimosa during their glory days at Mama’s Love in the now-defunct PABL.

Before his star turn in the PBA, where he was taken as the No.1 overall pick in the 2009 draft, Japeth played college ball at Western Kentucky, a Division 1 school here in the U.S.

Relentlessly hardworking and committed to perfection, Japeth is one of those guys whose body clock runs in reverse, which explains his peak form even at age 34.

His game – the tenacity, the savage grace on offense, and the-take-no-prisoners mentality on defense – will be a sure hit in the B.League.


“He never takes a day off and he is an exceptional locker room presence. Often misunderstood as distant for being aloof with the media, Japeth is actually a very easygoing guy who gets along with everyone,” said a former Gilas assistant coach who had worked with Aguilar in the national team.

Will he stay over there or go overseas?

Manifesting loyalty to a team is honorable, but sadly, that allegiance is not always reciprocated. Just ask Arwind Santos. Or Alex Cabagnot.

Pride is good, too, but that ain’t paying the bills during retirement when the hefty paychecks have stopped coming. 

Obviously, Japeth Aguilar has a huge decision to make.

One that determines how well and wealthy he and his family will live for the rest of their beautiful lives.

News Related


Ahead of Shehnaaz Gill's birthday, 'Shehnaaz Sirf Meri Hai' trends on Twitter; here's why

© Provided by Bigg Boss 13 contestant Shehnaaz Gill has a huge fan following. The actress will celebrate her 29th birthday tomorrow (27th January), and her fans are already ... Read more »

I named my son using the first 11 letters of the alphabet in order… and I've got his Covid passport to prove it

A DAD has reportedly given his son a name that encompasses the first 11 letters of the alphabet in order. The Indonesian family named their 12-year-old son ABCDEF GHIJK Zuzu ... Read more »

My kids have to wear dressing gowns, woolly hats and mittens all day to keep warm in our freezing flat

MUMS are putting kids in dressing gowns, mittens, and woolly hats to stay warm after cladding was removed from their tower block.  Families say energy bills have soared and now ... Read more »

Syria: US-backed forces take control of prison attacked by IS militants

There has been no update yet on the 850 children and minors who lived alongside the nearly 5,000 prisoners in the overcrowded jail. Read more »

The 25 most successful English clubs ever as Liverpool could tie Man Utd with Carabao Cup win

Liverpool have the chance to win their first silverware of the 2021/22 season next month. The Reds will play Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on February 27. ... Read more »

Resilient Dunoon matrics notch up distinctions against the toughest odds

Distinctions pile up for learners of crowded Cape Town informal settlement. © Copyright (c) Daily Maverick , All Rights Reserved Twenty-year-old Ephraim Simango had to study between midnight and 6am ... Read more »

Robin Roberts returns virtually to host GMA after COVID diagnosis

Robin Roberts gave fans a reason to rejoice when she revealed that she was finally back on Good Morning America, but not in the way you’d expect. MORE: Robin Roberts reveals she’s ... Read more »

The Jimmy Garoppolo trade narrative has completely changed for 49ers

Everything is coming up 49ers these days – especially when it comes to their quarterback. San Francisco is gearing up to play in the NFC Championship Game this Sunday against ... Read more »

Matthew Stafford's wife Kelly isn't sure why Ndamukong Suh hates him

Kelly Stafford doesn’t know why the Buccaneers’ Ndamukong Suh has beef with her husband. While discussing Sunday’s Divisional Round win against the Buccaneers on her podcast, “The Morning After with ... Read more »

Gremlins star Phoebe Cates is unrecognisable after quitting showbiz 38 years on from hit horror film

GREMLINS first graced our screens almost four decades ago and the majority of its cast look completely unrecognisable since filming.  The horror-comedy, which first aired in 1984, centred around Billy ... Read more »

EU, G5 countries meet amid turmoil in Mali, Burkina Faso

BRUSSELS — Officials from the European Union and five countries of the north African Sahel are meeting Wednesday as the bloc readies to impose sanctions on Mali and as political ... Read more »

Arsenal's late January transfer window plan backed up by Steven Gerrard comments

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has admitted the club have yet to open contract talks with Douglas Luiz, with Arsenal expected to ‘firm up’ their interest this week. Mikel Arteta ... Read more »

US-backed Syrian forces capture prison from IS after a week

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Kurdish-led forces said they wrestled control of the last section of a prison controlled by Islamic State militants, ending a weeklong assault by the extremists on ... Read more »

Inside Emmerdale's Joe-Warren Plant's life off screen including co-star fling claims and show exit

Joe-Warren Plant has became a staple to our screens, having joined the cast of hit ITV soap Emmerdale back in 2010. The soap star, 19, is famed for his portrayal ... Read more »

Sigma becomes first new LME ring member in 15 years

© Reuters/PETER NICHOLLS The offices where the London Metal Exchange is headquartered are seen in the City of London By Eric Onstad LONDON (Reuters) -Sigma Broking Ltd became the first ... Read more »

How could Canada tactically adjust without Alphonso Davies?

© Sean Pollock l Waking The Red Canada Soccer recently announced that Alphonso Davies will unfortunately miss out on the upcoming 2022 World Cup Qualifying games after his parent club, ... Read more »

EJ Obiena pulls out of Init Indoor Meeting event in Germany

© REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Pole vaulter EJ Obiena of the Philippines is shown in action during the men’s pole vault at the Paris Diamond League held at Stade Charlety in Paris, ... Read more »

Romee Strijd engaged

© Provided by Cover Media Romee Strijd Model Romee Strijd is engaged to marry her longtime boyfriend Laurens van Leeuwen. The Dutch catwalk beauty announced the happy news by sharing ... Read more »

'My head's spinning' - Greg O'Keeffe furious after hearing who could take Everton job

Everton journalist Greg O’Keeffe has expressed his concerns over the possible appointment of Vítor Pereira as manager. Following the departure of Rafael Benitez a few weeks ago, the process of ... Read more »

Beal questions Wizards' purpose after shock collapse vs Clippers

© Provided by WASHINGTON — The Los Angeles Clippers are the NBA’s new comeback kings. Who are the Washington Wizards? Bradley Beal doesn’t know. Luke Kennard scored seven points ... Read more »

Parents forced to use foodbanks despite having jobs after bills double in price

A couple say they have resorted to foodbanks to feed their three children, despite both working, because their bills have doubled in price. Stepdad-of-three Harry Lay, 36, said his heating ... Read more »

Breakfast Links - January 26, 2022

© Photo by John Dorton/ISI Photos/Getty Images Hey, Mike! Guess what day it is! What day is it MIke? HUMPD… It’s BREAKFAST LINKS DAY!!! Let’s take a look a some ... Read more »

Guiao confident solid ties with Cruz, Quinahan will weigh in contract talks

© Provided by NLEX coach Yeng Guiao had been with JR Quinahan and Jericho Cruz for a long time that he doesn’t see a hitch in the contract negotiations ... Read more »

‘What would Novak do?' Daniil Medvedev sparks boos at Australian Open with Djokovic remark

© AFP via Getty Images Daniil Medvedev advanced to the Australian Open semi-finals – AFP via Getty Images Daniil Medvedev sparked more boos at the Australian Open after revealing he ... Read more »

Mark Warburton issues message of caution as QPR eye promotion this season

© Provided by Football League World Championship – Queens Park Rangers v Huddersfield Town Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Warburton has played down talk of the side making the automatic ... Read more »

DOJ's No. 2 says addressing violent crime and police misconduct is not 'an either/or."

Amid a violent crime wave, and as congressional efforts on police reform have petered out, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco touted the Biden administration’s efforts to both support law enforcement ... Read more »

These Chinese Pan-Fried Buns with Pork Are Little Parcels of Joy

These Chinese Pan-Fried Buns filled with pork and bok choy are heavily inspired by the well-known Shanghai Sheng Jian Bao (生煎包). This streamlined iteration eschews the step of preparing a ... Read more »

How to Prevent Winter Road Salt From Damaging Your Car

Icy, snow-covered roads demand salt and other ice-melt techniques to make them passable in winter. While road salt (i.e. snow salt or ice salt) and brines are critical to keeping ... Read more »

Ermüdungsbruch durch Laufen - Eine Folge von Überlastung

© iStockphoto Im Training war es nur ein leichtes Ziehen im Fuß und im Schienbein – aber den Marathon, den Sie sich als Ziel gesetzt hatten, den wollten Sie auf ... Read more »

Normandie-Format: An vielen Fronten

Im Ukraine-Konflikt richten sich die Augen auf Paris. Emmanuel Macron setzt auf Diplomatie – dass der Präsident um seine Wiederwahl kämpft, macht alles komplizierter. © Tobias Schwarz/​Reuters Der französische Präsident ... Read more »

Adoption is my first choice for motherhood, not my last resort

© Provided by INSIDER Courtesy of Liza Coetzee I’m 29 years old and married, and people constantly ask my husband and me when we are having kids. I never felt ... Read more »

My gran, 91, who suffers from cancer & dementia has been stuck on hospital bed in leaking mouldy council flat for MONTHS

A GRAN suffering from cancer has been stuck on a hospital bed in a leaking flat for MONTHS because of council blunders. Winne Wilson, 91, lives with her daughter Sue ... Read more »

As infectious disease doctors, we can tell you for a fact: mRNA vaccines do not alter your DNA

Vaccines have greatly reduced the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19, especially among older adults. Yet some people, even some older adults, have decided not to get vaccinated against ... Read more »

How Calisthenics and Calculating My TDEE Helped Me Gain 20 Pounds of Muscle

Max Verzilli is 27 years old and lives in Boulder, Colorado as a maintenance foreman for a landscaping firm. After getting injured, he found himself looking and feeling weak. Here, ... Read more »

Alan Carr's husband Paul Drayton jailed for drink driving just days after split

Alan Carr’s husband was jailed after drunkenly reversing into a police car with an alcohol test reading “off the scale” this afternoon (January 26). Paul Drayton, 50, was accused of ... Read more »

Australian Open 2022: Daniil Medvedev puts in Novak-esque show to outlast Auger-Alisiamme in 5-set epic

Daniil Medvedev Top seed Daniil Medvedev won an epic 5-set thriller against 9th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime to progress to the Australian Open 2022 semi-final on Wednesday. The Russian superstar, who ... Read more »

Devoleena Bhattacharjee to undergo surgery for her injury during Bigg Boss 15 task- Watch!

© Provided by Zee News Bigg Boss 15 evicted contestant Devoleena Bhattacharjee has to now undergo surgery for her injury which took place during her stay in the house.  During ... Read more »

Where did the term snowflake come from?

© Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images Snowflake Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto via Getty Images The term is often said to derive from the 1996 cult book Fight Club ... Read more »

What happened to the 15 most expensive signings in Chinese Super League history?

For a number of years, Chinese Super League clubs spent big to bring in some of the best players in European football. That’s all changed now, but for a while ... Read more »

Crop pests having a field day thanks to EU eco-fuel targets for farmers

Farmers working The EU's eco fuel targets have caused “serious” pest problems, research has found. A poorly managed drive for crops to be used in transport fuels to meet climate ... Read more »
On you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic