While the Dallas Mavericks are still meeting and discussing details with free agent Dwight Howard, they received verbal commitment from another free agent, Israeli point guard Gal Mekel, early Monday morning. Free agents are not allowed to officially sign until July 10th, however, Mekel's agent, Sam Porter, confirms the deal and his verbal agreement to sign. Mekel will sign a three year deal worth $2.3 million guaranteed and will immediately join the summer league in Las Vegas.
Mekel played for Wichita State from 2006-2008 until he left to play professionally in Israel. While playing in Israel, he acquired two championships in the 2009-2010 season with Hapoel Giboa Galil and in the 2012-2013 season with Maccabi Haifa. He was named the Israeli Basketball Super League Rising Star in 2009 and the Israeli Basketball Super League MVP in 2011 and 2013. After signing with the Mavericks, Mekel will become only the second Israeli player to join the NBA behind Omri Casspi, a small forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After having a breakout season with Maccabi Haifa, Mekel was noted as a strong prospect for the NBA and proved his ability in his practice with the Mavs last week. Because of his size, coming in at 6'3" and 198 lbs, leadership and efficiency, Mekel has been deemed a worthy NBA point guard and will join the rotation with recent draft pick, Shane Larkin.
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