MIKE Harris remains on top of the wish list of Alaska as import for the PBA Governors’ Cup even after a stunning coaching change.
Newly appointed head coach Jeff Cariaso said management is still negotiating with Harris, the import who brought the Aces to the finals in last year’s Governors’ Cup where they lost to Magnolia.
The 36-year-old Harris was named the Best Import of the Conference, adding to his already impressive credentials that include and NBA D-League (now G-League) MVP in 2010.
“We have no one confirmed yet but we are still negotiating with Mike Harris,” Cariaso said. “I think it’s only smart that he is able to come back and give him an opportunity.”
“But again, negotiations, you don’t know how it goes. Nag-uusap sila ngayon ng management and we hope to have an answer to that in a couple of days,” said Cariaso.
After the Aces, Harris played for Henan Shedianlaojiu of China’s National Basketball League (NBL), a second-tier professional league in the mainland.
Meanwhile, Cariaso said newly-acquired guarf Maverick Ahanmisi will be appearing in the Aces practices in the next few days.
Cariaso said Ahanmisi is in the US for a prior commitment that was set long before he was traded by Rain or Shine to Alaska for Ping Exciminiano and a future first-round draft pick.
“Maverick will be here, I was told, in a few days, more like a week. He was given the go signal to go to the States for a personal matter he has to attend do. ‘Yung pagpunta niya sa States was before the trade, naka-set na ang schedule. We are excited that he is part of the team,” said Cariaso.