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Mavericks re-sign Salah Mejri

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DALLAS, TX - JANUARY 22: Salah Mejri #50 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts to being charges with a technical and being ejected from the game against the Washington Wizards at American Airlines Center on January 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Salah Mejri didn’t act fast enough.

The Mavericks extended him a qualifying offer in June but pulled it before the end of the month. Mejri still agreed to re-sign on the first day of free agency, but by not accepting the qualifying offer and instead accepting the minimum, Mejri cost himself $200,000.

Still, after more than a month of delay, Mejri will officially return to Dallas.

Mavericks release:

The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have re-resigned center Salah Mejri.

The Mavericks wanted to exhaust their cap space – making moves like trading for and waiving Chinanu Onuaku and gaining a pick swap – before re-signing Mejri. Teams can exceed the cap to give someone a minimum contract.

By delaying, there was always risk Mejri reneged and signed elsewhere. (Looking at you, DeAndre Jordan and Yogi Ferrell.) But the worry was minimal with Mejri, who most teams view as a pest. Who was going to poach him?

In Dallas, Mejri will back up Jordan at center – at least when the Mavericks need a more physical presence than Dirk Nowitzki there.