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Report: Mavericks agree to terms with Israeli guard Mekel; talk to Calderon, Williams

Jul 1, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

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The Dallas Mavericks need a point guard, especially since they are letting Darren Collison walk.

Well, they’ve agreed to terms with one guy who can be their backup and reached out to Mo Williams and Jose Calderon to likely be the starter.

We know that Israeli based Gal Mekel has agreed to terms on a multi-year guaranteed contract with Dallas, as first reported by Mark Deeks at Sham Sports (a guy well connected with overseas talent).

Mekel played for Wichita State between 2006 and 2008, establishing himself as a solid but unspectacular point guard who shot too much and had absolutely no NBA prospects. However, after leaving college after his sophomore season and returning to his native Israel, Mekel (who also has a Polish passport) has improved markedly and emerged as one of the best floor generals on the continent. In winning last year’s Israel Premier League MVP award, the 6’3 Mekel recorded per game averages of 13.3 points and 5.4 assists (good for second in the league), including a 21 point 7 assist 3 steal outing in the deciding championship game

Mekel is a pure point guard, a pass-first guy who is a classic floor general. He’s had a few NBA teams interested the last year (Timberwolves, Bucks, Pacers, Hawks, Grizzlies) but Dallas got the deal done.

Mekel’s deal is for the minimum, which will not mess with Dallas’ Dwight Howard cap space.

But Mekel is a backup in the NBA, at least to start, so the Mavericks reached out to a couple potential starters, reports ESPNDallas.com.

It’s no surprise then that the Mavs are among several teams to express interest in point guards Jose Calderon and Mo Williams, according to a league source. The Mavs have long been intrigued by Calderon, who they discussed trading for last season. Calderon is also drawing interest from Detroit, Houston, Atlanta and New York among other teams.

Calderon would be a great fit and the better of the two as a pure point, but the Mavericks need to look at a few options.

  1. doubledown44 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Getting Gal Mekel for the minimum is a good bet for Dallas, but I’m surprised Shane Larkin didn’t even merit a mention in this story.

  2. chunkala - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    I guess grab him for the minimum price but no way Israeli numbers are going to translate to the NBA. He already played the now pros at Wichita State, so i’m dubious on his sudeen awakening. Larkin will get more time than this guy after 1H14.

  3. rohlo - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    mavs suck!!

  4. 11thstreetmafia - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    If you get anything better than the “12th” man from this guy, it was a great deal for Dallas. Marc Cuban is not allowed to pay this guy any less.

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