Slaughter always welcome to represent PH, says SBP

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 12 2020 05:50 PM

MANILA - Greg Slaughter's future with Barangay Ginebra may be up in the air, but as far as Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is concerned, he is always welcome to play for the Philippines.

This is assuming he is chosen by the national team coaches to be part of the pool, said SBP Director of Operations Butch Antonio.

"Of course, he's qualified already to play for our team. It just depends," Antonio said during a recent appearance on the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum.

"Nasa sa mga coach kung he'll be invited to be part of the pool," he added.

Slaughter is currently in the United States, having opted to step away from the PBA after his contract with Ginebra expired earlier this year.

On Friday, the 7-footer announced that he had signed with BeoBasket, the same agency that represents Denver Nuggets All-Star Nikola Jokic. Slaughter also signified his intent to again suit up for Gilas Pilipinas -- possibly in the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup.


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"(BeoBasket) also represented the most number of players competing in the 2019 World Cup and I look forward to adding to that in 2023," Slaughter said on his Instagram post.

"I am also extremely honored to be the first Filipino player in their roster," he added. "Wherever my journey takes me, I will always proudly represent the Philippines, especially our National Team."

Slaughter was part of the national team that won the gold medal in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, with Ginebra coach Tim Cone calling the shots. Afterward, he helped the Gin Kings win the 2019 PBA Governors' Cup.

Slaughter was the 2014 PBA Rookie of the Year and the Best Player of the Conference in the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup.

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