Greg Slaughter could’ve been a part of Brgy. Ginebra inside the PBA bubble in Clark, Pampanga had it not been for his wedding.
Gin Kings assistant coach Richard del Rosario bared the the 7-foot Fil-Am was actually considered to be part of the crowd darlings’ roster for the 2020 Philippine Cup restart but his marriage to longtime partner Schinina Juban last December 10 prevented if from happening.
The big man’s impending return, however, may become a reality in the upcoming season.
“They’re continuing close talks. Greg just got married and one of the reasons why he wasn’t able to join the team in this bubble is because that was scheduled already,” said del Rosario during a recent episode of Sports Page.
“But he was always texting. I know he was always texting with Coach Tim. Probably after the holidays, they would continue to talk. We’ll see what happens sa kanilang negotiations,” he added.
Slaughter left the country shortly after the team reclaimed the 2019 Governors’ Cup crown at the expense of the Meralco Bolts last January. He later claimed that he wasn’t offered a contract renewal after the old one expired. There were unverified reports, however, that he somehow learned of management plans to trade him to GlobalPort along with rookie Jerrick Balanza for Christian Standhardinger which prompted him to pack up his bags.
While in the US, the 1st overall pick of the 2013 draft signed up with an international basketball agency and was reportedly considering playing in the NBA G-League. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, forced the league and pretty much everything else to close shop which eventually led to Slaughter’s return to the country.