Disgruntled big man Greg Slaughter is taking his act to Japan after failing to secure a new contract in the PBA.
The 34-year old Fil-Am on Saturday announced the signing through his Instagram account.
“I’m thrilled to announce that I have signed with Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka (@rz_fukuoka) of the B League for the 2022-2023 AND 2023-2024 seasons,” wrote Slaughter.
“I’m looking forward to joining the team and playing for their great city and fans. Thank you to everyone involved in making this possible and thank you to the club for being so welcoming and generous to me and my family,” added the former Brgy. Ginebra center.
“Most of all, thank you to all that believe in me. Please continue supporting me on this journey and the Rizing Zephyr! Let’s do this.”
While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, SPIN.ph columnist Homer Sayson said that it is worth $22,000 (around ₱1.2 million) a month for 2 years plus perks and bonuses.
Slaughter last saw action for NorthPort during the Season 46 Governors’ Cup and submitted 4-game averages of 14.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks.
He is set to join a Fukuoka squad that compiled a win-loss record of 20-30 last season.
For the second time in his career, Slaughter got mired in a contract dispute after the expiration of his old one. He claimed that the Batang Pier did not offer a renewal. The Mikee Romero-owned franchise, however, said that they offered the top overall pick of the 2013 draft a maximum deal which Slaughter claimed was “not even close” to what they were already paying him.
The 7-footer out of Ateneo de Manila University will see action in the league’s second division and will clash with fellow Pinoy ballers Kobe Paras (Altiri Chiba) and Jordan Heading (Nagasaki Velca).