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Ayaw Pumirma! NorthPort Forced To Trade C-Stan Due To Contract Woes

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Christian Standhardinger’s contract hold out has forced his former team NorthPort Batang Pier to trade him to the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings for Gregory Slaughter.

The Batang Pier said on Friday that the 6-foot-8 Filipino-German center’s refusal to sign a contract extension have led to their decision to ship him to the Kings, a trade that was approved by the PBA’s trade committee on Thursday night.

“Standhardinger has yet to sign, thus forcing us to trade him,” Batang Pier said in a statement on Friday. “The Standhardinger-Slaughter was a good trade, beneficial to both teams.”

The Batang Pier added that the team is “thrilled to have (Slaughter) in the team, knowing he worked hard in the United States to polish his game” during his one-year leave with the Kings last year.

Standhardinger, who averaged 19.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals last season, is tipped to form a solid frontcourt duo with Japeth Aguilar in their bid to defend their All-Filipino title.

Slaughter, meanwhile, is looking to mark his return following his sabbatical leave last year. During his last season with the Kings in 2019, Slaughter posted norms of 9.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.9 blocks.