A massive trade featuring a pair of elite big men is in the works as Barangay Ginebra San Miguel is looking to ship Greg Slaughter to NorthPort in exchange for Christian Standhardinger.
A source, a well-known powerbroker in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), told Daily Tribune that the Kings and the Batang Pier have already finalized the deal that is expected to reach the desk of PBA commissioner Willie Marcial any time soon.
San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has been very active in the off-season.
First, San Miguel Beer acquired former Rookie of the Year CJ Perez from Terrafirma in exchange for Russel Escoto, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and Gelo Alolino on top of the first-round pick in the Annual Rookie Draft on 14 March.
Not to be outdone, Magnolia also made a move, netting Calvin Abueva from Phoenix in exchange for Chris Banchero and a pair of draft choices.
Now, it appears that Ginebra will have its turn by sending the seven-footer Slaughter to the Batang Pier in exchange for the Filipino-German banger.
“The trade is between Greg and Stand,” said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity pending the approval of PBA commissioner Willie Marcial.
“It is very likely that the trade will push through.”
The possible trade of Slaughter is no longer surprising.
Shortly after helping the Kings win the Governors’ Cup crown in 2019, Slaughter packed his bags for the United States after failing to reach an agreement with SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua about his new contract.
He spent more than a year there and even signed up with an international basketball agency that also handles the career of Nikola Jokic and other European stars.
He returned to Manila late last year and witnessed the Kings’ championship celebration during the Philippine Cup that was held inside a quarantine bubble in Clark.
He patched things up with the Kings management and was reportedly signed into a contract last month.
Standhardinger, on the other hand, is coming off a stellar performance in the previous season.
Although the Batang Pier finished with a 1-10 win-loss record, Standhardinger still posted 19.9 points, 12.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists in more than 37 minutes of action every night.
If ever the trade pushes through, Standhardinger will return to the SMC camp after the Beermen drafted him as top overall pick in 2017.
He moved to NorthPort two years later in exchange for Moala Tautuaa, who served as the Beermen’s chief rim protector following the injury of June Mar Fajardo.
The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger would definitely find a home at Ginebra as the Kings run an uptempo brand of play with key players like LA Tenorio, Jeff Chan, Jared Dillinger, Scottie Thompson, Stanley Pringle and even Japeth Aguilar all shooting from the perimeter.
Marcial, however, said the transaction has yet to reach his office.
“It’s not yet there,” said Marcial, adding that they will post the trade on their website as soon as it has been formally approved.