IF Ginebra coach Tim Cone had it his way, he would have signed slotman Greg Slaughter for far more years than the three-year extension which 6-11 slotman signed with the team.
"I wish we would have signed (him) for 10 years," Cone said after Ginebra's 102-81 win over GlobalPort in a tuneup game on Friday at the Upper Deck Gym in Ortigas.
A knee and ankle operations forced Slaughter to beg off from Gilas Pilipinas in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament and miss the 2016 PBA Governors' Cup, where the Gin Kings emerged as champions.
Slaughter is expected to return from an ACL injury in the third conference. But that has not stopped Ginebra from investing on the former Ateneo giant for the future.
"We're just going to stay patient. We know what kind of impact he can make on our team. At some point, we're going to get him back," said Cone.
The two-time grand slam winner is also excited to see how Slaughter can fit in after tweaking his post-reliant triangle offense in favor of a more fast-paced offense in the injured center's absence.
Cone said the possibilities are endless.
"From a coaching standpoint, I'm excited to blend him to what we're doing now because we haven't been able to do that in this particular system. I think we can do so many more things."
Right now, Cone is happy that Slaughter will continue to don a Ginebra jersey for at least three more years.
"But again, that's down the future and we're glad he's happy and signed and we just have to trust he's going to work hard on his rehab and we're just going to do our best without him," he added.