Sunday, August 2, 2009

One spot left...

15 players. 14 are signed. 1 spot left.

That's the situation Bryan Colangelo and the Raptors front office face. Because Marco Belinelli was traded to Toronto on Thursday, the Raptors are now faced with many different scenarios. The trade meant Carlos Delfino probably won't return to Toronto, and it only makes sense--Belinelli plays 2 man, Delfino plays 2 man, as well as DeRozan, Wright...there's just not enough room to incorporate everyone.

The Raptors can now go out and bring back Pops Mensah-Bonsu. When Pops signed with the Raptors back in March, he somewhat snuck up on people. I, along with many other fans, was impressed by his energy and rebounding. As he continued to play, he continued to surprise people, and started to become a fan favorite in Toronto. It now appears Pops may return to Toronto, considering the Raptors are still in need of some back-up big men. In fact, Pops thinks he'll return to Toronto as well. On his Twitter, he tweeted to a fan:

@Khalid_Elgalal no worries youngfella, gone be in a raps uniform for sure

Hakim Warrick was another name that floated around, but he signed with the Bucks. I think re-signing Pops is the smartest decesion at this point in the off-season. He'd add even more depth to an increasingly better bench, and bring big boosts of energy. Whether the Raptors re-sign Pops or not, I think everything will be set in stone in the next few weeks.

By the can follow Pops on Twitter at Pops44.

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