Slaugh­ter sets record straight

Slaugh­ter says he is un­aware of any trade talks, says no con­tract of­fered yet

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - FRONT PAGE - —STORY BY DENI­SON REY A. DALU­PANG

Greg Slaugh­ter turned to so­cial me­dia on Thurs­day to cor­rect “in­ac­cu­ra­cies” re­gard­ing the true in­ten­tion of his de­ci­sion to go on a sab­bat­i­cal. Slaugh­ter de­nied ac­cu­sa­tions that he de­cided not to sign with Gine­bra af­ter learn­ing of a trade that would send him to North­port for a younger Chris­tian Stand­hardinger. He wrote that he wasn’t aware of any trade in­volv­ing him and that no con­tract was of­fered to him by Gine­bra.

If it comes to that, then it is what it is. That’s bas­ket­ball. We can never re­ally se­cure where we’re headed

CJ PEREZ

Columbian Dyip

Greg Slaugh­ter fi­nally broke his si­lence late Thurs­day night re­gard­ing his planned sab­bat­i­cal from bas­ket­ball, deny­ing on so­cial me­dia that trade ru­mors had some­thing to do with his de­ci­sion.

“There have been a lot of in­ac­cu­rate the­o­ries going around about my re­cent de­ci­sion,” he wrote on Twit­ter late Thurs­day night, adding that he hadn’t re­fused any con­tract ex­ten­sion be­cause no deal was of­fered in the first place.

The 7-foot big man wrote that he “never re­ceived any con­tract offer,” and that he was un­aware of “any trade.”

But a source told the In­quirer that the deal was ready to be made.

“It is not a rumor,” said the in­sider, who re­quested anonymity be­cause he isn’t au­tho­rized to speak on the is­sue.

An­other league source had ear­lier told the In­quirer that the trade that would have sent Slaugh­ter to North­port for Chris­tian Stand­hardinger was “a done deal” that was scut­tled by Slaugh­ter’s de­ci­sion to go on sab­bat­i­cal.

As this de­vel­oped, an­other player be­ing men­tioned as headed for a high-pro­file trans­fer shrugged off ru­mors of his po­ten­tial trade and said his fo­cus is to help his team com­pete this sea­son.

“I’m just do­ing what is right,” Columbian star CJ Perez said when asked about his name be­ing floated around as a po­ten­tial trade piece.

“If it comes to that, then it is what it is,” said the first over­all pick of the 2018 Rookie Draft and the fa­vorite to win the rookie of the year tro­phy. “That’s bas­ket­ball. We can never re­ally se­cure where we’re headed.”

Perez, one of last sea­son’s top rook­ies, be­lieves the Dyip is bound to reach un­charted heights this sea­son.

“We’re re­ally do­ing well in the past tune­ups,” he said in Filipino. “We’re just miss­ing a cou­ple of play­ers—al­drech (Ramos) and Roo­sevelt (Adams) and we’re still work­ing on our de­fense.”

Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel has al­ready quashed talk that he was shop­ping Perez, telling the In­quirer ear­lier that the prized swing­man out of Lyceum will cer­tainly stay with the Dyip.

—AU­GUST DELA CRUZ

Ed­i­tor Fran­cis T. J. Ochoa @ftjo­choainq Greg Slaugh­ter clar­i­fies is­sues on his sab­bat­i­cal.

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