Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is interested in getting the services of Greg Slaughter for the FIBA Asia Cup qualifier in November but the 7-foot Fil-Am must settle things first with Brgy. Ginebra before he can be lined-up for national team duties.
Slaughter, who claimed he wasn’t offered a new contract by team management after his old one lapsed last January, left the country almost immediately after the Gin Kings reclaimed the Governors’ Cup crown and was reportedly interested in trying his luck in the NBA G-League.
He recently signed with Misko Raznatovic of BeoBasket, the same agent of Denver Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic, which fueled talks that he is really intent on pursuing a career outside of the PBA.
The former Ateneo big man, however, returned to the country after an 8-month furlough which is an indication that he may probably have had a change of heart.
His return not only caught the attention of Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone, who claimed that he has already touched base with his former player, but SBP program director Tab Baldwin as well.
“Greg is working through his discussions with Ginebra. We respect that process so we are waiting until that is completed,” wrote Baldwin on a text message to Tiebreaker Times.
The 1st overall pick of the 2013 rookie draft should come in handy for Gilas Pilipinas since PBA players won’t be available for the national team during the November qualifiers.
He was already left out of the Gin Kings’ 15-man roster for the upcoming PBA restart so he won’t be eligible to join the team inside the bubble, regardless if he signs a new deal with the team.