Pops is back, and he'll be in uniform tonight
The fans in Toronto have an old friend to cheer for again.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who was a hit during his 19-game stint with Toronto last season, has been claimed off waivers by the Raptors and -- get this! -- he'll be dressed for Tuesday's game in Denver.
He’d been waived by the Houston Rockets last week and Toronto made the claim that was accepted late yesterday afternoon.
Where he fits is unclear. Listed at 6-9 and 225 pounds, he’ll likely be behind Amir Johnson in the front court rotation now and will move further down the ladder when Reggie Evans returns from his mid-foot sprain, which could be in the next 10 days or so.
There is no major monetary gamble because Mensah-Bonsu’s minimum value salary is not fully guaranteed for the rest of the year. Toronto had created a roster opening – and some flexibility – by waiving guard Quincy Douby last Thursday and felt compelled to fill the spot in less than five days.
Mensah-Bonsu had played 12 minutes total in four games with Houston before being waived.