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Report: Celtics, Sixers, Thunder reached out to Mavs’ Salah Mejri during brief free agency

Salah Mejri

Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri may be averaging only 6.8 minutes per game this season, but it appears he’s a sought-after man.

When Mejri was briefly a free agent, the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly reached out about acquiring his services, according to Brice Paterik of Mavs Moneyball.

Ultimately, Mejri found his way back to Dallas.

Mejri has played in just 16 games this year, making a single start. He is averaging 2.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per contest, but he could see those numbers on the upswing over the season’s final two months following the trade of starting center DeAndre Jordan to the New York Knicks.

Currently, Mejri is sidelined due to an illness, but he’ll have the All-Star break to recover with his next chance to take the floor coming Feb. 22 against the Denver Nuggets.

The Tunisian big man is in the midst of his fourth season with the Mavs, having previously played for two years with Real Madrid, where he won a EuroLeague championship.

He checks in at a towering 7’2″ and has averaged nearly one block per game for his career despite the fact he has only averaged 11.6 minutes per outing in his 184 contests.

His choice to return to Dallas seems to have certainly been a personal preference, as the three aforementioned clubs all appear well on their way to a postseason berth.

The Mavs currently sit four games out of the eighth seed in the Western Conference and they’ll have some stiff competition to fend off.