AFTER winning three straight PBA D-League championships, the NLEX Road Warriors are bracing for yet another one.
The reigning, three-time title holder is set to tap the services of coveted big man Greg Slaughter shortly after the UAAP season and in time for the new D-League playing calendar in November.
NLEX management will announce Slaughter’s acquisition on Friday, said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Slaughter will be playing in his final year with Ateneo this season when the Blue Eagles gun for their fifth straight championship.
The Blue Eagles won their fourth straight UAAP titles last year, stamping their class in collegiate basketball behind the dominant play of Slaughter, the former University of Visayas standout who averaged 13.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks a game last season, all figures ranked in the top 10 of each department.
This early, the seven-foot center is expected to be one of the most sought after players in the PBA once he decides to enter the Draft.
The inclusion of Slaughter, a former member of the original Smart Gilas team, in the NLEX line-up will boost the Road Warriors’ chances of a fourth consecutive crown following the departure of several key players led by Foundation Cup Best Player of the Conference Cliff Hodge and Chris Ellis to join the Gilas II pool.
NLEX recently bagged the Foundation Cup trophy by sweeping Big Chill in their best-of-three championship series.