The Tigers are set to sign Lassiter, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2011 PBA Rookie Draft, to three-year deal worth the maximum amount a first-year PBA player may receive. The package is similar to that tendered by Powerade to Jayvee Casio, the top pick who signed a deal last week.
Multiple sources from the team told InterAKTV that Lassiter will officially sign a contract to be part of Powerade on Monday.
“We’re happy to reach an agreement with Marcio,” said one of the sources.
Like Casio, Lassiter will be seeing action for the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team that will be competing in the FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China, on September 15. The two rookies will not be joining the Powerade Tigers in practices until after the tournament, which ends just a few days before the start of the new season.
But Powerade team governor JB Baylon had earlier expressed the team’s willingness to allow Casio and Lassiter to play for the country even in future tournaments.
“A lot of PBA teams may not agree lending their players to the national team now, but we in Powerade have made a stand supporting the national cause,” said Baylon.