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Pops Mensah-Bonsu may not be playing overseas after all

Sep 13, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

A month ago, Pops Mensah-Bonsu was bound for Spain, set for next season on a deal with Caja Laboral. Since then, Mensah-Bonsu tore up a EuroBasket qualifier as a member of Great Britain’s national team, and secured GB a spot in the big, bad EuroBasket tourney next summer.

Apparently in Spain, this is grounds for termination. According to The Hoops Market, Caja Laboral has released Mensah-Bonsu, and a report from El Correo points to a lingering knee injury as the cause. It’s entirely possible that the team saw something in Pops’ physical they didn’t like. Or, Caja Laboral utilized Mensah-Bonsu’s knee as a convenient way to nix the arrangement.

Tough to say for sure. All we know is that Mensah-Bonsu is suddenly unattached, and it’s possible he could slip onto an NBA training camp roster. It’s a fool’s errand to sort through depth charts for a team in need of another big; Pops’ skills and knack for hustling make him a nice, versatile candidate for end-of-the-bench minutes, even for teams already going three-deep at forward.

However, it shouldn’t be ruled out that Pops could find another overseas home with a different European club. After all, there’s a reason why Mensah-Bonsu signed with Caja Laboral in the first place, even if he’s an NBA-caliber talent.

Links via Tom Ziller of FanHouse and Mark Deeks of Sham Sports.

  1. Michael Warren - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Hope he gets sign by an NBA team soon. He’s a hard worker, plays hard is a productive player. He’s very tough, physical and intense. He’s a freak athlete and runs the floor extremely well. He’s also a tremendous rebounder and shot-blocker. Pops Mensah-Bonsu deserves to be in the NBA. GMs probably didn’t see what he did in Toronto last year. If they would have seen him play, he would still be in the NBA.

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