Mavs re-sign center Salah Mejri after waiving him earlier in the week
The Dallas Mavericks are welcoming back center Salah Mejri after waiving him earlier in the week. He was dropped from the team in order to make room for a trade with the Sacramento Kings.
Mejri was originally waived to make room for the trade that sent Harrison Barnes to the Kings for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph. The Mavericks have since waived Randolph in favor of Mejri.
The Mavs announced that they have re-signed center Salah Mejri, who was waived earlier this week to create the roster spot necessary to make the trade with the Kings.
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It has been noted that the Mavericks star rookie Luka Doncic is very close with Mejri. If this reunion was not the plan all along, then their relationship likely played a big role in it happening. Dallas would be smart to keep their newest franchise player happy.
Doncic is a very important part of this teams future. With Dirk Nowitzki on his victory tour, the team will soon belong to the rookie. The 19 year old guard is already averaging 20 points and 5.5 assists per game.
For the Mavericks, Mejri will slide into the back up center role he was in before leaving the team. He’s only averaging 6.8 minutes per game this season with 2.3 points and 2.4 rebounds during that time. If Mejri and Doncic remain close it might add an element of job security for the big man.
If for no other reason then team chemistry, Mejri can help the Mavericks as they try to claw up in the loaded Western Conference. Dallas’ 25-29 record is good for 11th in the conference and 4.5 games out of the last playoff slot. Mejri may not play a huge hand in the effort, but he is clearly liked on the team.