One of the biggest favorites to challenge for the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague title just got bigger as Real Madrid announced the return of center Salah Mejri for the rest of the season. Mejri (2.17 meters, 33 years old) arrives from Dallas of the NBA, where he played in the last three seasons. He averaged 4.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in 35 NBA games last season. Mejri already played for Madrid for two seasons, helping it win the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague and the Spanish League titles in 2015. A year earlier, in 2014, Mejri helped Madrid win the Spanish Copa del Rey and reach the EuroLeague Championship Game. In two years in Madrid, Mejri played 35 games, averaging 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds. Together with Walter Tavares, they will form a fearsome duo of bigs in the Real paint.
Mejri started his career with Etoile du Sahel of his native Tunisia and has also played for Port of Antwerp Giants of Belgium and Blusens Monbus Obradoiro of Spain. He helped Sahel win the Tunisian League title in 2007 and 2009, lifting the Arab Nations Cup in 2009. Mejri is also a regular member of the Tunisian national team, which he led to three AfroBasket medals: gold in 2011 and bronze in 2009 and 2015. Earlier this year, Mejri shined at the World Cup for Tunisia, averaging 16.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocks in 5 games.