Has the PBA seen the last of Barangay Ginebra's Twin Tower?
Last Saturday, seven-foot Greg Slaughter, one half of the Gin Kings' skycraper combo, declared he's not returning to the Ginebra fold upon the expiry of his contract and will instead go on a sabbatical.
The announcement came as a shock to the Ginebra community, including coach Tim Cone himself and his frontline partner, Japeth Aguilar.
"I'm out of town and I don't have any news on Greg at this time," Cone, who's currently on vacation, said Sunday.
The multi-titled mentor is apparently not giving up on the Cebuano giant.
"We plan to speak with him and his agent over the next couple of days," he said.
"It will never be the same," Aguilar posted on Twitter along with a broken heart emoji.
Slaughter, who's been rumored to be traded, said his goodbye to his team of six years in an emotional post on his social media accounts.
"Now that my contract has expired, I've decided to take a break to be able to work on myself in all aspects," he wrote.
"I may not know what the future holds, but one thing is for sure, the best is yet to come!"
The 31-year-old Slaughter said he cherished his experiences with Ginebra.
"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 the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup Best Player of the Conference awardee.
Aguilar personally reacted to Slaughter's announcement.
"Gonna miss you, brother. But I know the best is yet to come for you. Love You," said the high-leaping Aguilar.
To which Slaughter replied: "Love you, too, bro. It's been a pleasure hooping beside you this past decade."
Slaughter's furlough is happening just as fellow big man June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel, is taking an extended leave due to a shin injury.(OL)