DALLAS – The Dallas Mavericks filled out their roster to the NBA maximum number of 17 players on Sunday by signing a familiar face — center Salah Mejri.

It was just last Wednesday that the Mavs waived Mejri, who averaged 3.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in over three seasons with Dallas.

“We love him,” center Dwight Powell said of Mejri “He brings a lot, even though he’s not necessarily been playing as any minutes as some of the guys who are on this team.

“It’s definitely great to have another big on our team roster, plus he’s a good friend. I’ve been playing with him for a while. It’s tough to see guys go, especially the way this season has gone, so it’s good to see him come back.”

Mavs rookie Luka Doncic and Mejri are good friends who were also teammates on Real Madrid in 2015.

Merji was not on the active roster for Sunday’s home game against Portland and will not accompany the team to Houston, who the Mavs will play on Monday.

“He’s back on the team because he’s a good player and we need another center that brings a different dimension,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “The fact that he and Luka are friends, that’s an additional good thing.

“But that wasn’t the reason we brought him back. We brought him back because he’s a good basketball player.”

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