The Alaska Aces will be making another import change in the ongoing 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
After Chris Daniels and Nino Johnson, the Wilfred Uytengsu-owned squad is set to bring in a familiar face in the person of Diamon Simpson.
The 31-year old Simpson arrived last Monday and will suit up for the Aces on Sunday, June 30 when they take on Brgy. Ginebra at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The 6-foot-7 American is already on his 3rd tour of duty with the team. He had a successful first stint during the 2010 Fiesta Conference wherein he led the Aces all the way to the promised land against the Gabe Freeman-reinforced San Miguel Beermen.
He came back after 8 long years but failed to do a repeat act as the Aces bowed to the Beermen in the semifinal round of the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup, 1-3.
Daniels played in Alaska’s first 6 games and led the team to a 4-2 record with averages of 20.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. Johnson then took over but could only produce 6 points and 4 rebounds in a 78-76 loss to Phoenix.
Daniels was back in the next game and had a decent 23-point, 22-rebound performance in a loss to San Miguel which turned out to be his final outing.
The Aces are currently mired in the middle of the pack with an even 4-4 record. After the game against the Gin Kings on Sunday, they’ll take on the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on July 6 and then wrap up their elimination round schedule against the Blackwater Elite on July 14.