Toronto Raptors Re-Acquire Pops Mensah-Bonsu

Stephen Brotherston@@ProBballNBAAnalyst INovember 18, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 16:  Pops Mensah-Bonsu #44 of the Toronto Raptors is caught between Sean May #42 and Cartier Martin #1 of the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 16, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The reason for Quincy Douby's early release has now become clear, the Toronto Raptors have re-acquired forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu off waivers from the Houston RocketsRaptors.com

Kudos going out to Grange of the Globe and Mail for suggesting this deal was in the works.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu was a Toronto Raptors' free agent who got lost in Bryan Colangelo's mad summer of ground breaking deals. 

Pops was quoted on a number of occasions that he expected to be back in Toronto this season. But after the Raptors filled their final roster spot, it became apparent that this was not to be and Pops signed as a free agent with Houston.

Originally signing in Toronto on March 6, 2009, Pops became an instant crowd favorite for his reckless abandon on the floor.  Grabbing rebounds and swatting back shots with an enthusiasm that had been lacking on the Raptors.

In 19 games with the Raptors last season, Pops played an average of 13.8 minutes, scored an average of 5.1 points and collected an average of 5.4 rebounds.

This season in Houston, he averaged just 1.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in 3.3 minutes.

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After being released on waivers, Fanhouse reported that other teams were interested in acquiring Mensah-Bonsu, but his agent discouraged them saying Pops only wanted to play in Toronto.

Pops Mensah-Bonsu is expected to be available to play for Toronto immediately.

Raptors fans should be asking what this means for Amir Johnson and Reggie Evans.