The Greg Slaughter for Christian Standhardinger trade became a reality after Brgy. Ginebra and NorthPort finally pulled the trigger on the long-rumored swap of starting centers.
The deal, which came after weeks of speculation, officially ended the 7-year tenure of Slaughter with the Gin Kings.
It can be recalled that the 32-year old Fil-Am left for the US shortly after the crowd darlings annexed the 2019 Governors’ Cup crown and claimed that he wanted to focus on improving all aspects of himself. Sources, however, claimed that the real reason behind his sudden departure was that he got word of an impending deal and decided to go because he couldn’t see himself playing for another team.
After the PBA trade committee gave its stamp of approval on the ‘Giant swap’, Slaughter took to Instagram to say farewell to his former team.
“It has been a tremendous 6 years with Barangay Ginebra. Although I am saddened to know that my journey with them has officially come to an end, from the first pick in the draft to all star and multiple championships, I will always look back fondly at the time I spent there,” wrote the top overall pick of the 2013 draft.
“I want to thank boss RSA, boss Alfrancis, my teammates, my coaches, and all the fans who have been supporting the team all these years. That being said, I am truly excited for this new adventure and for the next chapter in my story to begin,” he added.
Slaughter, who is a 4-time PBA champion and a 5-time PBA All-Star, believes that the best years of his basketball career are still ahead of him.
“I still have my best basketball ahead of me. I have so much left to give the game and just as blessed as ever to play the game I love in front of all the fans who have been with me through it all, no matter what jersey I wear.”
In parting, he thanked those who continue to support him and vowed never to disappoint them.
“Sa lahat ng patuloy at walang sawang sumusoporta sa akin, taos puso akong nagpapasalamat. Pinapangako ko sa inyo na hindi ko kayo bibiguin.”