HoopsHype Pops Mensah-Bonsu rumors
Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng top scored with 28 points as Great Britain notched up their fourth straight EuroBasket qualifying win against Ukraine. Deng, who also claimed seven rebounds and provided four assists, played the key role in the 90-76 victory, while former NBA player Pops Mensah-Bonsu finished with 15 points. Five British players claimed double figure points hauls - Nate Reinking, Dan Clark and Ogo Adegboye all impressing. "It was really similar to all of our performances and were in an excellent position as we're unbeaten in four now," said coach Chris Finch. "But as I said to the guys it's important to keep it in context, we're winning the games in the last four minutes and there's not much margin for error. "I'm really proud of the guys, they're out there giving 100 per cent, playing a lot of minutes and making the big plays down the stretch. We dug deep, and the guys stepped up in the final minutes." Eurosport
Unicaja is considering several names offered to the Spanish club to replace Robert Archibald, in case the 30-year-old British center leaves the team. The Slovenian 30-year-old Primoz Brezec, who finished last season in the NBA for Milwaukee Bucks, and the 30-year-old Croatian center Mario Kasun, released from Efes Pilsen days ago, are among the candidates to join Unicaja next season. Other names in the list are Pops Mensah-Bonsu, who won't continue in CSKA Moscow, and Kris Lang, who played last season for Turk Telekom. The Hoops Market
Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng is set to miss all of Great Britain’s friendlies ahead of next month’s Eurobasket qualifiers due to problems with insuring the Londoner against injury. Both Deng and former NBA forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu have yet to join up with Chris Finch’s squad at their Surrey training camp and neither will play in Wednesday’s international against Canada in Cobham. Britball
Andrei Vatutin confirmed that the contract of Pops Mensah-Bonsu won't be extended. The English big man, returned to Europe after his stint in NBA, did not impressed in his experience with CSKA Moscow averaging 6.7ppg and 4.6rpg and 4.1ppg in Euroleague. "The contract with Pops won't be extended. The player is free to leave the team. He can pursue his dream and play in NBA or stay in Europe maybe in Spain" said Vatutin. Sportando
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