16 January 2017

Chris Lutz Signs With Meralco

Chris Lutz
The All-Filipino conference has not been the strongest suit of the young Meralco Bolts owing to the fact that they lack a dominating big man and a consistent performer in the court. They had no choice in the matter and had to rely on the aging Reynel Hugnatan in front and the young combination of Chris Newsome, Baser Amer, Ed Daquioag and Jonathan Grey at the back court.

They needed a fresh injection in their roster and they were hoping against hope that free agent Chris Lutz can salvage their 2016-17 PBA Philippine Cup campaign.

The league announced on 16 January that Lutz, who has played for the San Miguel franchise for his entire career, has signed with Meralco after becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Lutz was the third overall pick of the 2011 PBA Rookie Draft. He last played in the 2016 Commissioner's Cup, but has since missed all of the Governors' Cup and San Miguel's first nine games of the All-Filipino Conference due to a nagging hip injury.

The Bolts have only two wins so far, and have lost six consecutive games to drop to the bottom of the league standings.

Although it was a promising acquisition, it is doubtful that Lutz alone can turn the tide around for the Bolts. There is still a need to find a suitable big man and accept the fact that the Rabeh Al-Hussaini experiment is a failure.

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