Eastern Notes: Mejri, Dudley, Jackson, Ennis

Tunisian center Salah Mejri, in whom the Cavaliers were reportedly interested this spring, has an offer from an NBA team, sources tell Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia (Twitter link). Real Madrid, his Spanish club, informed Mejri a few days ago that he would be released, as David Pick of Eurobasket.com reported (Twitter link). Mejri went undrafted in 2008, so no NBA team holds his rights, unlike center Sasha Kaun, Cleveland’s own draft-and-stash prospect who’s reportedly been in talks recently with GM David Griffin. Here’s more from around the Eastern Conference:

  • Jared Dudley will miss approximately three or four months after undergoing surgery Tuesday to fix a herniated disk in his lower back, the Wizards announced. The team was aware that he was playing in pain last season before acquiring him via trade from the Bucks this month, according to Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post. The timetable means he stands to miss nearly a month of the regular season, though it also indicates he could return before opening night.
  • Top free agents don’t often choose to go to Detroit, so the Pistons had little choice than to pay top dollar to retain restricted free agent Reggie Jackson, argues Terry Foster of The Detroit News. Jackson’s five-year, $80MM deal is receiving widespread criticism, but coach/executive Stan Van Gundy thinks the conventional wisdom will change, as Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press relays. “We’re excited about that and I think that also … that as we get two years down the road and look at what’s going on in this league and where the numbers are gonna go and the way we know that Reggie’s gonna play, we know this is going to be a bargain in this league,” Van Gundy said.
  • James Ennis struggled mightily in summer league, and the Heat would be on the hook for at least 50% of his salary this season if he remains on the roster through August 1st. However, the team has given him positive feedback and is paying for him to take part in a skill development camp in California, according to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Jackson suggests that’s a sign that the Heat will retain Ennis through the looming guarantee date. The Herald scribe speculates that Henry Walker, who’d earn a $100K partial guarantee if he sticks through that same August 1st date, is at greater risk to be let go, since the Heat held him out of summer league.
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3 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Mejri, Dudley, Jackson, Ennis

  1. Z.....

    The injury explains some things. It will be interesting to see how long he’ll miss and if he will still be the 3 and D wing he has been, except with the clippers

    As for Ennis, he still has the ability to be an athletic 3 and D wing that the Heat need, with their other young guys as well…I’m interested to see what happens with Greg Whittington. Vesatile athletic wing. Hopefully, they can sneak him into the D-league after training camp…

    • Chuck Myron

      Yeah, I’d be surprised if the Heat based their decision on Ennis primarily because of what he did in summer league. The sample size is too small. Plus, as a young guy who was a second-round pick a couple of years ago, he’d have some degree of value as a trade chip, if nothing else.

      • Z.....

        Especially when he is coming off a nice rookie season, where he brought energy off the bench, and changed games defensively for us at times. Obviously, he needs to improve, but he is also dealing with an injury, so as you said, summer league isnt indicative of much of anything with him right now


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