Salah Mejri Rumors
Real Madrid has a team option on Mejri’s contract for next season, but reports in Spain suggest they may not exercise it. The Tunisian center, who was one of the biggest sensations in the Spanish League two years ago with Obradoiro, has not received much playing time this season at star-studded Real Madrid, who’s one of the top favorites to win the Euroleague next month. While Mejri is happy with the club, he would rather leave if there are no minutes available for him.
The Cavs first approached Mejri’s camp in December, we’re told, but the talks didn’t go too far because of the steep buyout in the player’s contract. Cleveland’s interest stands, though, and the franchise has remained in touch with the 7-foot-2 big man.
NBA teams interested in Mejri will have to compete with Euro teams for his services, though. Agent Bouna Ndiaye told HoopsHype they will test the Spanish and European market first – with Real Madrid reportedly in the lead now – and will only look at NBA options second. “I would be happy playing here with a Euroleague or Eurocup team too,” Mejri said. “But the NBA… That would be a dream.”
Leading the competition in blocks while averaging just 20 minutes per game, Mejri is drawing attention from top Euroleague clubs such as Real Madrid and some NBA squads too. An Eastern Conference executive already considers him “a legit backup center in the NBA.”
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Brian T. Smith: DeMarre Carroll (left ankle sprain) will attempt to play against Pacers. … Salah Mejri is no longer with #UtahJazz’s #SummerLeague team
Now, at 26, the 2.17m center Salah Mejri wants to turn a childhood dream into reality and play in the NBA. Last week he had two tryouts with the New York Knicks, followed by another with the Denver Nuggets and one with the Dallas Mavericks. However, it’s with the Utah Jazz that he’ll be playing in a summer league in early July. “I am having such good feedback from coaches, which makes me even determined to move on,” Mejri said. “If I don’t make it now [to the NBA], because I am 26, I don’t think I will make it later.
If Mejri doesn’t land a deal with the Knicks prior to when the summer league’s kickoff, he will join the Utah Jazz as part of their Orlando Summer League team, from July 9-12. Then, Mejri will fly out to Spain and land on the morning of a pre-Olympics exhibition game between Spain and Tunisia, on July 13.
Tunisian big Salah Mejri (7-foot-1), who was scheduled to play with the New York Knicks at the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League, will attend a workout with N.Y. on June 18, but won’t be part of their Vegas squad.