Two more NBA teams interested in Aguilar

By Joseph Pimentel, ABS-CBN News North America

Posted at Sep 20 2012 10:24 AM | Updated as of Sep 20 2012 10:23 PM

LOS ANGELES, California – 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.

The other NBA team, whom McGarry describes as “one of the top five teams in the league” and plays in the Western Conference, is still vetting Aguilar.

McGarry said the invitation for Aguilar to workout for that team should arrive shortly.

"We're very excited. This is very good for Japeth," said McGarry. "It means observations from try-outs and coaches ranging from the Bakersfield Jam, ex-NBA trainers and staff, are satisfied with what they see in Japeth."

"His athleticism, speed and what he brings on the court like hustle, rebound, blocks, professional approach to the game, desire to learn and coachability," he added.

The next couple of weeks will be very important for Aguilar as NBA training camps start in October, and teams are trying to fill the back end of their rosters. The NBA limit for training camp rosters is 20 players.

Two other NBA teams worked out Aguilar last week, but contrary to rumors, the former Ateneo Blue Eagles and Western Kentucky Hilltopper has not signed with any NBA team.

McGarry did not comment on the rumors but said there is no sense of urgency in their camp.

"We're not worried. It will take its own course," he said. "He's mentally and physically prepared for the tast at hand. He's in the best basketball shape of his life."

"He's upbeat and never been so excited in his life," McGarry said of Aguilar.

Aguilar was the number one pick in the 2009 PBA Rookie Draft. He split his time in the PBA with the Smart Gilas Pilipinas national team. His PBA contract expired earlier this year.