Tim Cone isn’t giving up yet on Greg Slaughter after the 7-foot Fil-Am announced his decision on social media to take a break from playing professional basketball and focus on further improving his craft.
“I am out of town at the moment and I don’t have any news of Greg at this time. We plan to speak with him and his agent over the next couple of days,” said the Brgy. Ginebra head coach through a text message to select sportswriters.
Cone, who has won a total of 22 championships in a PBA career that started in 1989 with the Alaska Aces, has led the Gin Kings to 4 titles in the last 4 years including 3 of the last 4 stagings of the season-ending Governors’ Cup.
The 31-year old Slaughter, who won Rookie of the Year honors in 2014, has been the subject of trade talks lately with the former Ateneo de Manila slotman reportedly on his way to the NorthPort Batang Pier along with incoming rookie Jerrick Balanza for Christian Standhardinger.
With his contract already expired, Slaughter posted what seemed like a farewell speech on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
“Six years, four championships, a lifetime of experiences and memories. It’s been a fun ride being with this team. I will forever be proud to have played for Ginebra, a dream of mine that came true when they drafted me in 2013,” wrote the Best Player of the 2017 Governors’ Cup.
“With that, now that my contract has expired, I’ve decided to take a break to be able to work on myself in all aspects. I may not know what the future holds, but one thing is for sure, the best is yet to come,” he added.