Brgy. Ginebra center Greg Slaughter is paying no attention at all to trade rumors making its rounds on social media.
The 31-year old 7-footer has been the subject of trade speculations lately among fans and even league insiders especially after the Gin Kings were booted out of the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup playoffs by a much smaller TNT KaTropa.
“You can’t really care,” said Slaughter moments after the Gin Kings won over the Magnolia Hotshots in a tune-up game.
“After being with this team for six years, going through championships to times where we got eliminated in the quarterfinals, I think I’ve heard it all from fans and haters alike,” he added.
The 1st overall pick of 2013 PBA Rookie Draft admitted that he is already used to it and that his focus remains on his team’s preparations for the upcoming Governors’ Cup which kicks off on September 20.
“It’s same old. Can’t get distracted, can’t get too high, can’t get too low about it. You just have to be focused on the job,” said Slaughter.
Despite an earlier statement by Brgy. Ginebra coach Tim Cone that the trade rumors are all ‘noise’, the 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year said that he is nonetheless prepared for any eventuality.
“So, I’ve already been prepared for that. I understand the nature of the business, being a fan of the NBA. Even watching the PBA before I got in here. It happens.”
“That’s part of the business. I remember when I went to my rookie orientation with then commissioner Chito Salud. I remember one thing he told everyone. Everyone in here is going to be traded at one point,” added the 3-time PBA champion.