07 August 2015

Alapag Joining Meralco Bolts as a Player?

Alapag Joining Bolts?
There were several trade rumors circulating that tag the Meralco Bolts in the past. But the latest report is the most ridiculous and bizarre of them all, if not utterly incredulous.

The word that goes around town a few hours ago came from an unlikely source - Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy.

In an article published by InterAksyon.com, the amiable Sy was quoted as saying that his team will be part of a sisterly love that will involve Jimmy Alapag coming out of retirement and join the Meralco Bolts.

The former Gilas Pilipinas mainstay was supposed to be announced his comeback bid, traded to the Blackwater Elite, before being shipped to the Meralco Bolts in exchange for Mike Cortez and James Sena.

In an interview last 6 August, Sy said that his team will give their right over Larry Rodriguez to the Talk N' Text Tropang Texters to facilitate the transaction. He also added that the proposal was already submitted to the Office of the Commissioner for approval.

This whole speculation started after Alapag put on a Gilas jersey and joined the workouts out of the national pool selected by coach Tab Baldwin. The veteran international coach made it clear that the 5-foot-11 point-guard is not part of the pool, although he isn’t closing the door on the player’s possible return.

Baldwin also added fuel to the rumors after he said that "Hunger may develop in that guy where he’s gonna demand a spot in this team and if that develops, it would be interesting. If he just continues to say to me, 'Coach if you need me, call on me.' That would be fine."

"If all of a sudden I see that twinkle in his eyes, there might be some fireworks and it’s worth watching," Baldwin added.

Alapag was the 10th pick of the Talk N' Text during the 2003 PBA Annual Draft and won the Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 14.5 points, 7.0 assist and 6.5 rebounds in his first season. He last played for the Texters during the 2014-2015 season where he normed 6.6 points, 2.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game.

Ironically, Cortez, was the number pick in 2003 by the Alaska Aces. He averaged 6.6 points, 2.9 assists and 2.8 rebounds for the Bolts last season. Meanwhile, Sena is the third option for the Bolts at the center position and averaged only 1.9 points and 1.5 rebounds per outing.

The trade does not make sense for the Bolts because Cortez has proven to be the consistent court general that they need at this time. Besides, with two picks in the first round of the next draft, the Bolts can use either of those chances to tap younger point guards, like Baser Amer, Garvo Lanete, Earl Scottie Thompson or Maverick Ahanmisi.

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