REPORT: Mavs rescind Salah Mejri’s qualifying offer with DeAndre Jordan talks heating up
According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, ” [the] Mavericks have rescinded qualifying offer tender on Salah Mejri.” The Mavs had originally extended a qualifying offer to Mejri, giving them the option to sign Mejri outright or match any offer sheet from another team.
The 32-year-old Tunisian has spent the past three seasons in Dallas although he was never able to carve out a sizeable role in Dallas’ rotation. Mejri has career averages of 3.3 points, 4.0 points, and 0.6 assists per game.
Charania points out that this was due to the fact that the Mavericks are keeping a close eye on the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan. The Los Angeles center has a player option for the 2018-19 season. Dallas is clearly trying to keep their options open for the possibility of bringing in the three-time All-NBA big man.
The plan set forth by the Dallas Mavericks was to tank for a year, then immediately try to compete again during the 2018-19 season. Rescinding their offer to Mejri is a clear sign that they are positioning themselves to land a player like Jordan.
DeAndre Jordan would fit nicely in Dallas, but it would have to be a bit awkward for everyone involved if he ends up in Dallas. Jordan was on the verge of signing with the Mavericks during the 2015 offseason, but Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers made a late push to retain DJ.
There were largely unsubstantiated stories about Mark Cuban driving around in search of Jordan to try and convince him to sign with Dallas. It’s unclear exactly what happened in 2015, but there’s no doubt something occurred between the two parties.