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The Dallas Mavericks are in advanced discussions on a trade that would send former second-round pick Nick Calathes to the Memphis Grizzlies for future draft considerations, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. The Mavericks acknowledged in recent weeks that they were likely to deal Calathes -- their 2009 second-round pick who spent the last four seasons playing overseas -- if a deal was struck to sign Israeli point guard Gal Mekel. ESPN.com

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Sam Porter, agent for Israeli point guard Gal Mekel, has confirmed to ESPN.com that Mekel intends to sign a contract with the Mavericks later this month. ESPN.com reported earlier Monday that Mekel has given a verbal commitment to the Mavs that he'll be signing a three-year guaranteed deal at the league minimum later this month after the NBA's annual moratorium on signings and trades is lifted July 10. ESPN.com

Dwain Price: Mavs have agreed to sign Israel PG Gal Mekel, 25, to a multi-year guaranteed contract. Mekel just led Maccabi Haifa to the Israeli title. Twitter @DwainPrice

To clinch the deal with Mekel, amid serious interest from Milwaukee, Toronto, Atlanta, Indiana and Memphis, sources say Dallas has agreed to give a multiyear guaranteed contract to the 25-year-old, who fast-tracked himself as an NBA prospect after a breakout season in his native country in which he led unfancied Maccabi Haifa to the Israeli championship over perennial powerhouse Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. ESPN.com

Mekel arrived in the U.S. shortly after Haifa's title and, according to sources, immediately had a strong audition for the Bucks. He was similarly impressive in a workout for the Mavericks last week, sources said, before proceeding to an audition with the Hawks. ESPN.com

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