Sources -- Gal Mekel, Dallas Mavericks commit to multiyear deal
Summary of 3 articles · Updated Jul 2, 2013
The Dallas Mavericks are set to add Israeli point guard Gal Mekel in free agency. Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks, in the early hours of Monday morning, received word from Israeli point guard Gal Mekel that he is committing to sign a multiyear guaranteed contract at a league minimum salary after the NBA's annual moratorium on signings and trades is lifted July 10. Remarkably, Mekel was one of the first players reported to be signed only hours after the free agency period began, getting three guaranteed years from the Dallas Mavericks. Mekel and the son of Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin are expected to battle for the backup job. Mekel played two years at Wichita State in 2006-08, and his pro team in Israel, Maccabi Haifa, won a league title in 2013. The Dallas Mavericks will go into their crucial Tuesday meeting with Dwight Howard having already secured one of the first verbal commitments of 2013 free agency in the NBA. Of course, I said yes, but wanted to get his handiwork maximum exposure by posting it on a Monday morning.