Dallas Mavericks: Salah Mejri set to return to Real Madrid

Dallas Mavericks Salah Mejri (Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Salah Mejri (Photo by Omar Vega/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks former center Salah Mejri is finalizing a contract to re-join Real Madrid. Read more about his new gig and his time with the Mavs.

The Dallas Mavericks made a tough decision this offseason. Salah Mejri hit free agency after four seasons in Dallas. The organization needed a backup center capable of being physical in the paint with massive fives like Joel Embiid. They chose to sign Boban Marjanovic over Mejri for that role.

The Mavs did not have a roster spot to bring back The Mej after that move. He played well in his four seasons in Dallas. Fans will remember his monster 16 points and 14 rebounds in a dominant win over the Sixers in April. The Mej had his moments with the Mavericks.

Unfortunately for the 33-year-old, no NBA offers materialized this summer. He played well for Tunisia at the FIBA World Cup including averaging 16.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per in the shorter 40-minute games. Salah Mejri is just now finalizing a contract for the upcoming season.

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Return to Real Madrid

Salah Mejri is heading to Spain to play for Real Madrid according to El Espanol’s Jorge Calabres.

The seven-footer is making his return to the team. He played two seasons at Real before coming to Dallas. Last time, Mejri played a similar role to the one he did for the Mavericks. No word yet on how much playing time Mejri will receive this season.

Mejri played with a teenage Luka Doncic during the 2014-2015 season at Real Madrid. That is where the two became friends. It was fun to see them playing together in Dallas last season. Luka turned 16 years old in February of that campaign. It is wild that he is still so young with the experience under his belt.

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The Smoking Cuban wishes Salah Mejri all the best this season. The Mavs had him begin taking 3-pointers a year ago. It will be interesting to see if makes that part of his game in Madrid. Hopefully, it is a successful season for The Mej, and Real Madrid brings home plenty of hardware. Luka will be cheering them on all the way.