The Terrafirma Dyip continued their off-season journey towards a possible rise to contention as they traded away young big man James Laput to the Magnolia Hotshots for veterans Kyle Pascual and Justin Melton on Thursday, November 25.
At just 24 years old, the 6-foot-10 Laput will give Magnolia added interior presence behind Ian Sangalang and Rafi Reavis, at the cost of giving up a proven four-time champion guard in Melton, and a steady rotation man in Pascual.
However, the numbers and minutes have yet to improve for the former La Salle prospect after he averaged just 2.6 points on 53% shooting and 2.6 rebounds in a little over 10 minutes per game in his rookie conference.
Meanwhile, Terrafirma is shaping up an interesting guard-heavy core featuring a mix of newly-added veterans like Melton and Alex Cabagnot, and top-pick young guns like Joshua Munzon and Roosevelt Adams.
Both Melton and Pascual were used sparingly in Magnolia’s failed title run last conference, but they now have a chance to get back to a consistent role with the Dyip, who finished just outside the Philippine Cup quarterfinal picture with a 4-7 record. – Rappler.com