Greg Slaughter announced his decision to take a leave from Brgy. Ginebra and the PBA on his social media accounts which left fans and league insiders wondering what led the 7-footer out of Ateneo de Manila to arrive at such recourse.
In a report posted on INQUIRER.net, a source close to the 31-year old Fil-Am claimed that Slaughter learned of a supposed trade deal which would send him to NorthPort for Christian Standhardinger and the one-for-one swap would be consummated once he puts his signature on the new contract.
“He told me that he doesn’t want to leave Ginebra. He knows that he is the subject of a trade rumor and he told me that he just doesn’t see himself playing for another team,” said the source.
A separate source added that the Slaughter for Standhardinger trade was already a done deal, if not for the former’s decision to step away from the scene.
“What I know is that was already a done deal. It just hit a snag when he (Slaughter) did not sign [a renewal],” said the source.
The top overall pick of the 2013 draft, who has won 4 championships with the Gin Kings, played a total of 49 games last season and posted averages of 9.6 points in 22.4 minutes per outing – both career-lows. And as per PBA chief statistician Fidel Mangonon, Slaughter’s scoring has gone down for the 4th straight year with last season being the first time in his career that he failed to produce in double-digits.