With less than three weeks left to go before the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup kicks off, the Alaska Aces are back in the hunt for the team’s reinforcement in the upcoming conference after secondary choice Branden Dawson exceeded the 6-foot-5 height limit.
The 26-year old Dawson was a personal choice of new Alaska coach Jeff Cariaso who was just recently appointed by team owner Wilfred Uytengsu after Alex Compton’s resignation. The Aces were supposed to bring back last season’s Best Import awardee Mike Harris but the team’s new coaching staff chose to go another direction.
Dawson, however, turned out to be 1/4 of an inch taller than the height limit during an actual measurement at the league office Monday afternoon.
Due to the unfortunate development, the Aces are currently the only team in the league without an import and are left with no other choice but to burn the lines in search for somebody to take over the spot.
While the 36-year old Harris, who led the team all the way to the Finals last season on solid averages of 29.6 points, 20.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.1 blocks, remains the most logical choice given his track record and familiarity with the team, it is still uncertain if the Aces will take the path chosen by their former mentor.