Spurs sign French power forward Mahinmi

Updated: August 23, 2007, 10:47 PM ET
Associated Press

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 the 6-foot-11 Mahinmi 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 2006-07 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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