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Gal Mekel
Gal Mekel
Position: None
Born: 03/04/88
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
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Ronnie: What do you see Maccabi doing this summer to revamp the roster? Will they go hard after Mekel? Also is Bender going to play on the senior team this year? David Pick: Maccabi are going hard after Gal Mekel – as are Hapoel Jerusalem. Not many players are safe in terms of moving forward with Maccabi next season. MarQuez Haynes, Nate Linhart, Sofo Schotsanitis are all gone. Joe Alexander is questionable, depending on whether he is awarded Israeli credentials. Alex Tyus is looking for his max deal in Europe, which is a well-deserved $1 million. Jeremy Pargo is 50-50, could go either way, will come down to if Maccabi win or lose championship. Assistant Pini Gershon is out.
Mekel also attacked the reports that claimed he was asking for $2.5 million for two-and-a-half years from Maccabi, insisting that they were aimed to display him in a negative manner. Mekel’s best option to return to the NBA will likely be through a 10-day contract, which teams will be able to offer to players from next Monday. Mekel would have three games to impress in the hope of being signed to another 10-day contract and ultimately until the end of the season. It is hardly an ideal situation, but considering Mekel’s current position, it is the best he can hope for.
He even considered returning to Israel or Europe, negotiating with both Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Jerusalem among others. Jerusalem owner Ori Allon even met with the Israeli guard in New York and financial terms were discussed with Maccabi. But after much deliberation, he eventually decided to continue and chase the NBA dream. “After I was released by New Orleans I received several offers from Europe and Israel,” Mekel said in a statement. “I wanted to give them the respect they deserve and listen to them all…It is no secret that I really want to remain in the NBA and I believe with all my heart that I can succeed in this league. But I also really want to play, lead and realize my potential.”
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But the surprising move to waive Mekel freed up a roster spot and may have been a financial decision. And it might not mean Mekel is gone for good, Williams said. “We just felt like it was a move that we wanted to take a look at him,” Williams said. “We thought he did a good job, (but) there are some particulars financially that I am not going to discuss, that’s for Dell and his staff (to discuss). They do a good job of keeping the organization in a good place. We like (Mekel) a lot. That doesn’t mean we won’t bring him back. But at this point we felt like we were going to go in a different direction.”
The Pelicans signed Mekel to a two-year, non-guaranteed contract on Friday.He participated in his first shootaround with the team on Saturday morning at USC’s Galen Center and will be available to play against the Los Angeles Clippers. ”Potentially he has the ability to be a true point guard,” Williams said Saturday. ”I’ve done some research on him; talked to his former coach. Everything comes back in that regard that he’s more of a facilitator than a scorer. ”I like that he can pass. He puts his passes on the button. He’s a big guard. I like the way he ran Dallas team in the preseason and maybe he’s grown up as a player.