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FRA - Pau keen on Mahinmi

PAU (Pro A) - Pau-Orthez president Pierre Seillant has confirmed his interest in Le Havre's rising star Ian Mahinmi.

The 19-year-old center was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in last year's NBA draft but the US superpowers advised the youngster to remain in Europe for another one or two seasons to gain more experience.

And it now seems Mahinmi could bolster Pau-Orthez's rank next season.

"His agent contacted us and suggested him to us," said Seillant in daily newspaper Sud Ouest.

"The Spurs want him to complete a full season in Europe, in a high-calibre team which plays in the Euroleague.

"We are ready to welcome him for one season. He would be one of our two centers."Playing two matches per week would allow him to progress and compete with high-flying players."

Seillant has, however, admitted they are not the only ones interested.

"We want him the same way Le Mans or ASVEL do," he added.

"The world is in the palm of his hands."

Mahinmi averaged 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game this campaign for Le Havre, who are lying in 11th spot.

Pau-Orthez, who last won the French Pro A title in 2004, are leading the table but bowed out of the Euroleague in the early stages this season

PA Sport

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