Tim Cone says Greg Slaughter may try out for G-League

Greg Slaughter could make the most of his US training by trying out for the NBA G-League. Dennis Acosta (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Is Greg Slaughter NBA G-League bound too?

At least from what Ginebra coach Tim Cone understands, his former seven-foot center looks to give the American league a try following a shock leave from the PBA.

"The last we heard is that he's gonna make a tryout with the NBA D-League (the former name of the G-League)," Cone said in the Coaches Unfiltered podcast, which was aired on Thursday night.

However, he clarified that he cannot confirm the authenticity of the news.

"I don't know if that's true. It's just that we heard that from a third party that he is gonna try out for the D-League," Cone further said.

Slaughter is currently in the United States to do training in anticipation of a possible Ginebra return alongside another former "Ka-Barangay" in Chris Ellis.

A report by SunStar Cebu on Friday revealed that Slaughter also looks to make the final Gilas Pilipinas Men lineup for the 2023 FIBA World Cup that the Philippines will co-host with Indonesia and Japan.

If the 32-year-old Slaughter is indeed heading to a G-League tryout and makes the cut, he could be the second player to be joining the second tier American league this upcoming season.

Last May, Kai Sotto committed to the G-League's new "select team" program, where he and other former high school standouts will get NBA-caliber training for the season before they can declare for next year's NBA Draft.

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The last Filipino player to crack the G-League was current TNT star Ray-Ray Parks, who played with the Texas Legends in the 2015-16 season.

Slaughter's former teammate, Japeth Aguilar, also tried his luck in the G-League, getting drafted in 2012, but he failed to make the Santa Cruz Warriors' opening night lineup for the 2012-13 season.

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