NorthPort became the second team this week to make an import change in the PBA Governors' Cup by tapping former NBA G-League guard Michael Qualls to replace Mychal Ammons, a source told ESPN5.com.
Qualls flew in on Friday morning and was brought to the PBA office Saturday afternoon, where he stayed clear of the import height limit after measuring at 6-foot-4.
Another source also said that the import was brought in by the Batang Pier management to address the team's deficiencies on offense, where they have managed a bottom-four mark of 94.2 points per game in six games so far.
While Ammons (18.3 points on 56.1 percent shooting, 33.3 percent on 3s) hasn't been exactly the picture of inefficiency -- despite shooting only 45 percent on free throws, which is easily the lowest among all imports this conference -- NorthPort probably believes its new reinforcement could pack more punch offensively.
Qualls last played for the Wisconsin Herd, the Milwaukee Bucks' affiliate in the G-League. He posted 13.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals on 40.6 percent shooting in 50 games, including 32 starts.
Before playing for the Herd, Qualls also saw action for the Salt Lake City Stars and the Texas Legends, as well as with the Hapoel Gilboa of the Israeli League and with Italian club Pallacanestro Cantu.
The 25-year-old guard played for three years with Arkansas in the NCAA and skipped his final year of eligibility to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft, where he went undrafted. Oklahoma City signed him to a training camp deal but was later acquired by the Blue, OKC's G-League affiliate, for eight days before being waived once more.
Ammons wrapped up his second PBA stint by also averaging 13.5 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block while helping NorthPort to a 2-5 card.