NBA Roundtable

Pops Waived

In Free Agency on January 5, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Hat tip to Raptors Republic

Doug Smith reports

It’s as we thought with Pops Mensah-Bonsu as it turns out.

Just got word from a team source that the Raptors are going to waive the seldom-used forward today but will see if they can bring him back on a 10-day contract if he clears waivers.

I’m told there are European clubs dangling contracts in front of him that may prove to be lucrative and there is a chance other NBA teams might have some interest.

Mensah-Bonsu’s one-year contract would have been fully guaranteed had he remained on the roster past today. The savings amount to somewhere in the range of $400,000 and general manager Bryan Colangelo has also created an opening on the roster if he’s got other moves planned in the future.

A 10-day contract is worth somewhere around $50,000 and the Raptors can sign Mensah-Bonsu to two of them, if they wish, before having to either cut him loose or sign him for the rest of the season.

If Jay Triano isn’t planning to use Pops Mensah-Bonsu then the team should have waived him and pocketed the cash. That appears to be the case so that’s a good decision.

I do, however, regard Pops as a useful part of the Raptors roster. And he’s well worth the money they were paying him. So while it’s a good decision to waive him, it wasn’t the Raps best decision. The team would have benefited more by using Pops more, by giving him more minutes (but that wasn’t going to happen so it’s largely irrelevant).

Mensah-Bonsu gave the Raptors an athletic big man who pounded the glass and played solid defense. He was a good matchup option against teams with those athletic or perimeter orientated power forwards. Pops was also a reliable source for energy + effort and always capable of sparking a team during a poor performance.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu is an NBA player and he will be back in the league at some point but I’m not sure if he’ll bounce back straight away. He’s on the periphery, it could go either way. He belongs in the NBA though.

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