Tuesday November 17 2009 – 4:31pm Mountain – Denver, CO
I’ll have more to come on this shortly … but … the Toronto Raptors have just signed forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu … claiming him off waivers.
He was released/waived by the Houston Rockets on Friday November 13.
This is Mensah-Bonsu’s second stint with the Raptors. In 19 games with Toronto last year, the energetic forward averaged 5.1 points and 5.4 rebounds.
Jonesy and I look forward to dusting off the “British Bulldog” moniker we gave him last season!
Mensah-Bonsu is with the team in Denver and will likely be in uniform tonight.
HERE’S THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM THE TORONTO RAPTORS:
The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have been awarded forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu on a waiver claim. The 6-foot-10, 235-pound Mensah-Bonsu, who signed with Houston this past offseason, was waived by the Rockets on Friday. He appeared in four games with Houston, averaging 1.3 points and 3.3 minutes.
Prior to signing with the Rockets, Mensah-Bonsu, 26, averaged 5.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 13.8 minutes in 19 games with the Raptors. He was signed as a free agent by Toronto on March 6, 2009.
Mensah-Bonsu saw action in three contests with the San Antonio Spurs in 2008-09, averaging 5.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 6.7 minutes. He appeared in 12 games with the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006-07 season where he totaled 29 points and 22 rebounds in 72 minutes. He also spent part of that season in the D-League with Fort Worth, averaging 15.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 30.7 minutes in 26 games. He earned 2007 D-League All-Star Game MVP honours with 30 points and seven rebounds.
The native of London, England spent two seasons overseas, playing with Benetton Treviso in 2007-08 and DKV Joventut in 2008-09. He averaged 9.2 points and 8.3 rebounds in 31 regular season games with Benetton. He saw action in just two games with Jovenut before returning to North America to play in the D-League.
A four-year athlete at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Mensah-Bonsu averaged 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds in his senior season leading the Colonials to a 26-1 regular season mark and a Top 10 ranking.