Dallas Mavericks: Salah Mejri to play for Tunisia National Team again

Dallas Mavericks Salah Mejri (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Salah Mejri (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks big man Salah Mejri has not played for his country in three years, but he will return to action for the Tunisia National Team in September.

The Dallas Mavericks brought back center Salah Mejri this offseason.  Mejri is entering his fourth season with the Mavs, but he had a lengthy international career before playing the NBA.  The big man turned 32 in June and is a capable backup center.

Tunisia National Team return

Mejri will be representing another team for the first time in three years.  He is returning to play for his country, the Tunisia National Team.  They have three World Cup Qualifiers in mid-September.  Mejri is joining the team on August 23 to prepare for those games, though.

Mejri is the only NBA player on the Tunisia team.  He figures to be an integral part of their upcoming qualifying games, but the squad is undefeated in qualifying so far without him.

Impact on Mavs

Salah Mejri should return to Dallas in time for training camp.  The new season kicks off with media day on Sept. 21.  The Mavs will begin practice the next day as they are preparing for the upcoming campaign.

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Mejri needs to be in camp because he will have to fight for minutes this season.  Dallas brought in DeAndre Jordan to be the starting center and Dirk, Dwight Powell, and Ray Spalding will all vie for reserve minutes at the five.  Mejri has proven capable, but better options may be available off the Mavs bench this season.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks big man Salah Mejri is playing for his country for the first time in three years.  It is a fantastic opportunity for him.  Mavs fans should be rooting for Tunisia in the upcoming qualifiers and expect Mejri to be an essential part of their team.  Keep an eye out for their results.

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