Tim Cone hasn't heard from Greg Slaughter, unsure of center's return

Tim Cone says he hasn't been able to talk to Greg Slaughter since the center left for the United States in February. KC Cruz/ESPN5

Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone said Greg Slaughter's future with the team and in the PBA is still "definitely uncertain."

"We've tried to contact him a couple of times. I tried to contact him. He hasn't responded. So we don't know if he's going to come back," he said on Thursday's episode of the Coaches Unfiltered vodcast.

Cone and the Gin Kings have had minimal contact with Slaughter ever since the center announced his break from basketball at the end of his contract with the team last February.

Slaughter has only surfaced in workout videos and photos he had posted on social media in recent months.

"We do know, just like everybody else, that he's working out," he said.

Cone, however, did hear about some rumors of the 32-year-old setting his sights on a stint in the NBA G League.

"The last we heard is he's gonna make a tryout in the NBA G League," he shared. "I don't know if it's true or not. We heard that from a third party, that he's gonna try out for the G League, but there's no G League. There won't be a G League until next year because they're not gonna have it this year."

Once the PBA is cleared to hold games again, Cone said Ginebra will "make up for Greg in other ways" by relying on the stars and role players at the team's disposal.

"We still have a lot of weapons," he said. "It's gonna be tough because he can be a force at times, and it's just really tough having something ripped away from you like that without getting anything in return. But we'll find ways to replace him. Maybe a little more Japeth [Aguilar], maybe a little bit more Stanley [Pringle], maybe Prince Caperal steps up. We have other options."