Coach Tim Cone isn't giving up on Greg Slaughter even as the 7-foot-1 Fil-Am behemoth announced on his social media accounts late Saturday that he's taking a break now that his Ginebra contract has lapsed.
"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 Cone on a text message to select sportswriters.
Cone won four of his record 22 PBA championships with the Ginebra team featuring twin towers Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.
The Ginebra duo was tipped to dominate the lane especially with June Mar Fajardo out of the San Miguel team in the coming Philippine Cup. But then came Slaughter's shocking announcement.
"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," said Slaughter on Instagram.
"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.
Slaughter posted that statement on the heels of social media news that he's soon to be traded.
The former Ateneo hotshots has played all his seven years in the PBA as a Gin King since being chosen as the No. 1 draft selection in 2013.
He won the Rookie of the Year award in 2014 and has had a Best Player of the Conference award tucked under his belt aside from one Mythical Second Team citation.
Before the 2019-20 Governors Cup finals, he's among those chosen by Cone to don the national colors in the 2019 SEA Games. (SB)