29 July 2011

Lutz and Lassiter Join the Draft

Lutz and Lassiter
By Zean Macamay
Journal Online, 29 July 2011

Chris Lutz and Marcio Lassiter still have a big commitment left in their careers as national team members.

But the two have already realized that it's time to make the giant step.

Lutz and Lassiter on Wednesday (27 July 2011) afternoon became the biggest names to apply this early for the PBA Draft next month, the league's first huge event for the 2011-12 season that may yet be the richest pool in years.

Eight other players have likewise submitted their intentions to move up into the big stage, namely: Alvin Cabonte (Letran), Mark Cagoco (JRU), Nino Labong, Christopher Pestanio, Raymond Montaniel, Christopher Concepcion and Filimon Fernandez.

There's no denying, however, that Lutz and Lassiter are bound to be first-round picks.

Lutz and Lassiter will still be a part of the Smart-Gilas quintet when it competes in the Jones Cup next month in Taiwan and in the tough FIBA-Asia Championships in September in China, the qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games in London next year.

The Draft is set on 28 August 2011, with the Rookie Camp set on 23-26 August 2011. Unlike other rookies, though, Lutz and Lassiter could obtain special concessions if the PBA Board approves of it.

There are talks that Lutz and Lassiter will be demanding the same pay that they are reportedly getting at Smart-Gilas, which is at PhP 250,000, during their first year in the PBA. The PBA, based on its rules, only gives rookies the maximum amount of PhP 150,000 for the first year.

The team with the No. 1 pick has yet to be decided through a lottery. There are two teams vying for that spot – Powerade, which has never made it to the playoffs this season, and Air21. The loser in the lottery automatically choses No. 2, with Meralco owning the No. 3 pick. The Nos. 4-10 picks will be decided after the semi-finals of the ongoing Governors' Cup.

Lutz, 22, played for Brewster Academy in the U.S. Lassiter, 20, studied at San Francisco City College.

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