The Dallas Mavericks summer team is on its way to the airport for a flight to Las Vegas for the Summer League (yes, they are flying commercial on American, any odds on their flight actually leaving on time?) and Pops Mensah-Bonsu isn't going.
He's been removed from the official team roster because he received two offers from European clubs and is staying behind to discuss his options with his agent. Mensah-Bonsu is on the fringe of making it in the NBA, but there are no guarantees. Playing in Europe in Europe is lucrative and a great opportunity if things don't work out in the NBA.
This is the third consecutive summer that Pops has had ties to the Mavs. This is where he wants to play basketball, but he knows that might not happen. He said he plans to meet the team in Vegas on Saturday and Sunday and get on the floor.
-- Jeff Caplan