REPORT: Dallas Mavs re-sign backup center Salah Mejri
The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have re-resigned center Salah Mejri. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Mejri initially got a qualifying offer from the Mavs back in June before the team withdrew the offer, thus making the Tunisian big man an unrestricted free agent. Nevertheless, Mejri and Dallas later agreed to a one-year deal right on the very first day of free agency.
Although the financial details of the deal with Mejri has yet to be disclosed by Dallas, Eddie Sefko of SportsDay, while citing an unnamed source, that it’s only worth the veteran’s minimum of $1.56 million.
The Mavs were able to create enough space on their salary cap by trading with the Houston Rockets for Chinanu Onuaku before cutting him loose. Mejri could have signed with another team even after his agreement with the Mavericks and while Dallas finds the fund to secure him officially, but clearly wanted to remain with the only team he’s played so far in his career in the NBA.
Salah Mejri is expected to play the backup role behind DeAndre Jordan, whom Dallas signed this offseason to a one-year $22.89 million deal.
Last season, Mejri put up 3.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.1 blocks, and 0.4 steals in 12.0 minutes per game.