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Guardian UK article.
Mensah-Bonsu Closes in on Deal With San Antonio Spurs
Mensah-Bonsu Closes in on Deal With San Antonio Spurs
The Great Britain power forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu is expected to sign for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs this week
The Great Britain power forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu was expected to sign for the NBA's San Antonio Spurs last night after being called up from the NBA's Development League.

The 25-year-old, 6ft 9in and known for his explosive leaping ability, was the leading points scorer for GB last summer when he started in all 13 of the team's warm-up and qualification games as the national side qualified for the European finals for the first time in 28 years.

After being shown the door by Spain's Joventut Badalona in a dispute over a shoulder injury earlier in the season, Mensah-Bonsu has focused his efforts on a D-League career with the Austin Toros, an affiliate of the Spurs, this season.

Having recovered from surgery on his shoulder, his 26.6 points and 13 rebounds per game in eight games for Austin, both league-leading marks, attracted the attention of the NBA. He had a try-out period with the Toronto Raptors before San Antonio, NBA champions four times in the last 10 seasons, offered him a contract.

This will be the Tottenham-born forward's second spell in the NBA. In 2007 he was called up from the D-League by the Dallas Mavericks for the last three months of the season but returned to Europe to play in Treviso after failing to get his contract renewed.

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