SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs signed French power
forward Ian Mahinmi, who they drafted in 2005, on Thursday.
Terms were not released.
The defending NBA champion Spurs picked Mahinmi, a 6-foot-11
power forward, with the 28th selection in the first round of the
NBA draft in 2005.
Mahinmi, 20, has been kept by the Spurs in France, where he
played in the 2006 French League All-Star game.
During the 200-07 season, he averaged 4.3 points and 3.2
rebounds in 12.7 minutes in 33 French League games. He averaged 3.7
points and 2.8 rebounds in 12.7 minutes in 18 Euroleague games.
Also Thursday, the Spurs announced they released guard Vassilis
Spanoulis from his contract. The Spurs got Spanoulis and a 2009
second-round pick in July from the Houston Rockets in exchange for
center Jackie Butler and the rights to Luis Scola.
Spanoulis, 25, said in July that he wanted to play next season
in his native Greece. Spanoulis averaged 2.7 points and 0.9 assists
in 31 games last season as a rookie.
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