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Gal Mekel
PG - 6'3, 191lbs - 34 years old - 2 years of NBA experience
Signed in Spain - Signed with Unicaja Malaga
  • Birthdate: 03/04/1988
  • Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2010
  • Pre-draft team: Wichita State
  • Country: Poland/Israel
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: Misko Raznatovic (BeoBasket)
Transactions
DateLeagueTransaction
28th March, 2008IsraelSigned for the remainder of the season and through 2011 with Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Included team option for 2010/11.
4th Seotember, 2008IsraelLoaned by Maccabi Tel-Aviv to Hapoel Galil Gilboa for one season.
2nd December, 2009IsraelLoaned by Maccabi Tel-Aviv for the remainder of the season to Hapoel Galil Gilboa.
30th June, 2010IsraelMaccabi Tel-Aviv declined 2010/11 team option.
11th August, 2010IsraelSigned a one year contract with Hapoel Galil Gilboa.
5th July, 2011ItalySigned a one year contract with Benetton Treviso.
22nd November, 2012IsraelSigned a two month contract with Maccabi Haifa. Included team option for the remainder of the season.
19th January, 2013IsraelMaccabi Haifa exercised team option for the remainder of the season.
11th July, 2013NBASigned a guaranteed three year minimum salary contract with Dallas.
4th March, 2014D-LeagueAssigned by Dallas to Texas Legends of the D-League.
9th March, 2014D-LeagueRecalled by Dallas from Texas Legends of the D-League.
15th March, 2014D-LeagueAssigned by Dallas to Texas Legends of the D-League.
18th March, 2014D-LeagueRecalled by Dallas from Texas Legends of the D-League.
29th October, 2014NBAWaived by Dallas.
4th December, 2014NBASigned an unguaranteed minimum salary contract for the remainder of the season and through 2016 with New Orleans.
19th December, 2014NBAWaived by New Orleans.
24th February, 2015RussiaSigned for the remainder of the season and through 2016 with Nizhny Novgorod. Included player option for 2015/16.
12th July, 2015RussiaDeclined 2015/16 player option.
27th August, 2015SerbiaSigned a one year contract with Crvena Zvezda.
10th January, 2016SerbiaLeft Crvena Zvezda.
10th January, 2016IsraelSigned for the remainder of the season and through 2019 with Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
14th July, 2017IsraelLeft Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
14th July, 2017SpainSigned a one year contract with Gran Canaria.
6th October, 2018RussiaSigned for the remainder of the season with Zenit St. Petersburg.
Career Moves
2004 - 2006Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)
2006 - 2008Wichita State (NCAA)
March 2008 - September 2008Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)
September 2008 - June 2009Hapoel Galil Gilboa (Israel)
June 2009 - December 2009Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)
December 2009 - June 2011Hapoel Galil Gilboa (Israel)
July 2011 - June 2012Benetton Treviso (Italy)
November 2012 - June 2013Maccabi Haifa (Israel)
July 2013Dallas Mavericks (Summer League)
July 2013 - October 2014Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
December 2014New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
February 2015 - July 2015Nizhny Novgorod (Russia)
August 2015 - January 2016Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)
January 2016 - July 2017Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel)
July 2017 - June 2018Gran Canaria (Spain)
October 2018 - presentZenit St Petersburg (Russia)
Articles about Gal Mekel

July 1, 2013

It was actually three, but close enough.


Looking to reinvent their point guard rotation, the Dallas Mavericks have looked to the overseas market, and will sign Israeli national team point guard Gal Mekel.

Mekel has been named in NBA circles in recent times, as he has participated in a series of workouts and free agent camps for teams around the league, hoping to catch on. Recently, this culminated into accepting an offer to join the Milwaukee Bucks' summer league team. Yet in signing a three year, fully guaranteed deal, Mekel has done much more than merely catch on.

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 commands games with passing vision, ball handling, high basketball IQ, genuine leadership skills and a deadly pick-and-roll game, and, while he's not fast and lacks a good outside jumpshot, he nonetheless brings a wealth of transferrable skills to the NBA.

Last year, Mekel impressed the Utah Jazz so much that they extended him a training camp offer, one he was only prevented from taking due to visa problems. This year, he's done a lot better than that.

Mekel's three year guaranteed minimum salary contract will pay him $490,180, $816,482 and $947,276 over the next three seasons, but does not cut into the Mavericks's cap space. His first year salary is the same as the rookie minimum, and thus it does not affect cap space, as that is the same amount as a cap hold would be. Mekel, then, in theory preserves the Mavericks's cap space plans while adding one future piece of the puzzle, which is why such a move can be announced in advance of future, larger ones.

This news was first reported by Marc Stein of ESPN. Just.

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