Breaking Down the Move: Pops Mensah-Bonsu To Fuel Houston Rockets Bench

Vikram DimbaCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2009

HOUSTONNBA sources told FOX 26 Sports on Thursday that the Houston Rockets have reached a verbal agreement on a contract with free agent forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who has yet to sign the deal.

The first thing that popped into my mind as a Rockets fan is, why? The Rockets have many holes to fix, specifically awaiting the status of Tracy McGrady, and addressing the need of more depth at the center position.

"We are working to get through a couple of minor things that I'm sure will get resolved," said John Greig, Mensah-Bonsu's agent, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports.

"We are waiting on some things from the league that could impact this."

Don't get me wrong, I like what Pops brings to an NBA team: hustle, rebounding, and defense, while being one of those "energy" players off the bench that seem to change the pace or course of the game. But that's not what the Rockets lack at the moment.

Carl Landry provides the same role, but with a more effective offensive game. Having the consistency to knock down the mid-range shot out to 17 feet. Luis Scola is the starter, and is here to stay. While Chuck Hayes also fulfils a similar role in terms of rebounding, defense, and hustle off the bench.

There's certainly the option that he could play the center position standing at 6"10 inches, but if the Rockets brought him in to be a primarily backup center, I can't help but think there would have been better options with more size available.

It's not that Pops would be a bad fit, in fact he perfectly fits what the Rockets epitomize, but with an abundant depth at the PF position (Scola, Landry, Hayes, Cook), something tells me the Rockets off season isn't quite done yet.