Mavs Clear More Salary Cap Space By Revoking Mejri's Qualifying Offer

Josh Clark
June 28, 2018 - 5:56 pm
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DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Dallas Mavericks cap gymnastics continued Thursday as they opened up more salary space in an effort to acquire Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.

Dallas pulled their qualifying offer to center Salah Mejri, making him an unrestricted free agent, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo. The move opens up about $2 million worth of room. 

With Dallas already taking back Doug McDermott's qualifying offer and declining to offer Nerlens Noel his, the team currently has approximately $24-27 million to use in free agency. In addition to those moves, the team is also expected to decline Dirk Nowitzki's $5 million option and will do business with him later in the offseason (possibly sign him to the mid-level exception worth $4.4 million). 

If Nowitzki's option is declined, the Mavs could have around $30 million to use on Jordan and McDermott, if of course, the former A&M star opts out of the final year of his $24.1 million deal on Friday. 

Should Jordan opt-in, the Mavericks and Clippers could work out a trade for Jordan by sending Wesley Matthews out West, which would leave Dallas with about $19 million to spend on McDermott and someone like Marcus Smart. According to 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher, Dallas would prefer this option, but what do the Clippers want?

The Clippers could also send Jordan (after he opts-in) to Dallas for practically nothing on July 1 and the Mavs could simply absorb his contract. Or, maybe they could get their hands on Maxi Kleber and two second-round picks, as 105.3 The Fan's Jeff "Skin" Wade has suggested.

One way or another, Jordan appears to be on his way to Dallas just three years after leaving them standing outside his locked front door.