Thursday July 23 2009 – 3:47am Eastern (Toronto, ON)
I really wanted to throw this headline on this blog:
… But I digress.
Here’s the long-awaited update on Raptor man-myth-legend, Pops Mensah-Bonsu.
Many of you out there – including my man Arsenalist (rare shout-out) – have been asking exactly what the heck is going on with Pops? What’s his status – or lack there of – with the Raps?
Here ya go … straight from some folks I talked to within the organization (with some added info on Carlos Delfino as well):
- Toronto withdrew their Qualifying Offers to both Mensah-Bonsu and Delfino but did not renounce their rights.
- When the Qualifying Offers were originally issued, both players became RESTRICTED free agents. However, once those Qualifying Offers were withdrawn, both players returned to UNRESTRICTED free agent status. Buuuuut …
- They are still, technically, “the Raptors’ UFA’s” until they sign with another NBA team or Toronto renounces them.
Again, that info comes straight from the Raptors … and from folks with deeper knowledge of the league rules and the CBA than you or I will ever have.
Of course the bigger question is … Will either player be on the Raps’ roster this season?
There is heavy interest in bringing back Delfino — a fact that you’ve heard about ad nauseam. But a deal that both sides can agree upon has yet to be reach.
And is Pops a back-up plan to Rasho Nesterovic … if Toronto can’t re-sign the big Slovenian?
Or do they want Pops not matter what … but simply can’t make room for him given that their roster would sit at 15 if Delfino and Nesterovic were added and no other deal (to clear a roster spot) was made?
There are still a lot of questions swirling around the Raptors, but hopefully the above info – especially related to Pops – answers a few of the queries.
Enjoy your Thursday.