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    Gilas awaiting result of Slaughter talks with Ginebra, says Tab

    Oct 7, 2020
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    CLEAR up your situation with Ginebra first before we can talk about Gilas Pilipinas.

    That's the onus Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) program director Tab Baldwin gave to Greg Slaughter after the unsigned Gin Kings center returned to the country this week after months of training in the US.

    "Greg is working through his discussions with Ginebra and we respect that process," the stern coach told Spin.ph on Wednesday.

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      Slaughter has been in limbo since the Gin Kings won the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup back in January, walking away at the end of his Ginebra contract to spend the past eight months training in the US.

      During that time, he signed up with agent Misko Raznatovic of BeoBasket, the same agent of Denver Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic.

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      Slaughter's name has been floated as a possible Gilas call-up for the 2021 Fiba Asia Cup qualifiers this November.

      The 6-foot-11 slotman should come in handy for the national team, which will likely be without players from the PBA which will be holding its own bubble tournament during the qualifiers.

      Ginebra has already left the unsigned Slaughter out of its 15-man roster for the restart of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup. That means that although he's back in the country, he cannot rejoin the Gin Kings inside the Clark bubble.

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        But Baldwin reminded that before any serious talks on the possibility of the 32-year-old donning the national tri-colors anew, Slaughter has to iron things out first with his mother ballclub Ginebra.

        "We are waiting until that is completed," he said.

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