Now that the Mavs are set to sign power forward Brandon Bass off their summer league team, and draft pick Nick Fazekas figures to get a spot on the 15-man roster (he does, doesn't he?), is this the end of the line for the affable Pops Mensah-Bonsu?
If it is, it's too bad. He's a hard-working player and a really good guy too. But, this is a business about winning, not making friends. The Mavs really hoped Pops would be their man. He's been in the organization a full season, had a strong showing in the D-League and looked to be on the verge of sticking with the club when the summer started. His summer leaugue performances have been OK. I'm not sure the Mavs have been blown away by him as they hoped.
Bass, 22, showed a lot of poise and ability. He has a strong frame and could be a solid addition at the end of the bench, someone who can compete for minutes by being a hustler and throwing around some toughness and muscle.
The Mavs have until Aug. 31 to make a decision on Pops, either release him and let him find a new team or extend his contract for next season.
But, with Bass and point guard J.J. Barea looking like they'll both be on the roster come training camp, only two roster spots remain with Fazekas, Reyshawn Terry, the draft pick the Mavs traded for on draft night, and Pops all looking to make it. And there's still a chance the Mavs sign other veteran free agents.
So the window is definitely closing.