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Gal Mekel | Guard

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/4/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 202
College: Wichita State

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Gal Mekel has reportedly signed a two-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Pelicans.
Mekel will fight for backup minutes with Jimmer Fredette and Russ Smith (who is currently on a D-league stint). In other words, he's not going to be worth owning in standard leagues. Dec 5 - 6:27 PM

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The Pelicans are reportedly in advanced discussions to sign G Gal Mekel.

Mekel would join a crowded backcourt of Jrue Holiday, Jimmer Fredette, and Russ Smith, so his fantasy value would be bleak to say the least. Even if he signs, he won't be worth monitoring in standard leagues.

Gal Mekel is set to workout for the Lakers this week, after being waived by Dallas earlier in the season.

He was fantastic for the Mavericks, but they simply had too many point guards on their roster. If Mekel makes the team, he could potentially compete with Ronnie Price and Jordan Clarkson for the backup PG spot. Owners in deep leagues will want to monitor this situation closely, but he can be left on the waiver wire for now.
Nov 19 - 12:27 PM

The Indiana Pacers' attempt to sign Gal Mekel has been put in jeopardy due to an issue with Mekel's visa.

The Pacers' hardship exemption expires on Thursday, so the procedural delay in Mekel obtaining his P-1 visa may scuttle the deal. With Indiana's backcourt depleted, the team may be forced to look elsewhere and A.J. Price seems to be the Pacers' first option if Mekel is unable to clear up his via issues before Thursday's game against the Celtics.
Source: SB Nation
Nov 6 - 11:38 AM

The Pacers are in the process of signing Gal Mekel.

It's a good fit for the Pacers. Coach Frank Vogel runs a lot of pick-and-rolls in his offense, so Mekel could be an interesting piece in the second unit. Of course, this news only affects very deep leagues. Donald Sloan owners should expect a minor decrease in production once Mekel gets acclimated with his new team, but Sloan will still likely start.
Nov 5 - 3:25 PM

Mavericks waive Gal Mekel.

This was an expected move which clears the way for Dallas to sign J.J. Barea. Even if Mekel does land with another NBA team this season, he's not going to have fantasy value.
Oct 29 - 6:10 PM

Gal Mekel will be released by the Mavericks.

The Mavericks tried to trade him, but it just didn't happen. Mekel might be picked up by a team like the Lakers or the Sixers.
Oct 29 - 4:50 PM

Gal Mekel looked great in his second start of the preseason on Thursday with 17 points, two rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

It sure would be fun to see Mekel on another team, but he's not likely to get minutes with the Mavericks. He can be ignored in most fantasy formats.
Oct 24 - 12:06 AM

Gal Mekel started at point guard for the Mavericks and he did not disappoint by scoring 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while adding nine assists, two steals, two rebounds, and one 3-pointer.

The starters had the night off so Mekel got an extended look. Barring a trade, Mekel will not be worth owning in standard leagues as there are simply too many PGs on the Dallas roster.
Oct 18 - 9:45 PM

The Mavs are looking to deal Gal Mekel in a trade.

He's basically their fifth point guard, which is a little superfluous to say the least. Mekel is a solid pick-and-roll point guard and is a crafty passer, but he hasn't excelled at the NBA level yet.
Oct 17 - 10:08 AM

Gal Mekel skipped practice on Saturday to observe the Yom Kippur holiday.

He is the fourth point guard on the depth chart and will have a tough time getting minutes. Mekel is fun to watch, but he'll need a lot to happen in order to see regular playing time.
Oct 4 - 5:46 PM

Gal Mekel put up a triple-double vs. Montenegro in EuroBasket qualifiers on Wednesday with 14 points, 11 boards and 10 assists.

He was impressive at Las Vegas Summer League and coach Rick Carlisle could play him at either guard spot in the regular season. Unfortunately, the Mavericks have some added depth in the backcourt and Devin Harris will enter the season healthy, so Mekel isn't worth drafting in most fantasy formats.
Aug 20 - 5:07 PM

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said that second-year PG Gal Mekel is one of the Mavs' "best defenders at either of the two guard spots."

Mekel played in 31 games as a rookie before a torn right meniscus ended his season, and he shot only 34.9 percent from the field, but solid defense and steady improvement offensively seem to have impressed his coach. "I like where he’s at right now," Carlisle said. "With his improvements and the solid aspects of his game, I like the way he’s playing." Mekel will have another chance to impress the Mavs during Summer League in July.
Jun 10 - 5:06 PM

Mavericks PG Gal Mekel (knee surgery) will play for Dallas at the Las Vegas summer league in July.

Mekel made one five-minute appearance for the Mavs after having knee surgery in January. Even his stint in the D-League was interrupted by the injury, and his knee was drained again in late March, but he should be 100 percent recovered in time for summer league.
May 28 - 9:32 AM

Mavericks rookie Gal Mekel had his surgically-repaired knee drained and will not return for at least 10 days.

Mekel was recently called up from the D-League but he still has swelling and soreness in his knee. With veterans Vince Carter and Devin Harris playing well off the bench, and guys like Wayne Ellington and Shane Larkin also available, it would be surprising to see Mekel in the rotation again this season.
Mar 22 - 1:09 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Gal Mekel
3Jimmer Fredette
4Russ Smith
SG1Eric Gordon
2Tyreke Evans
3Austin Rivers
SF1Luke Babbitt
2John Salmons
PF1Anthony Davis
2Ryan Anderson
3Dante Cunningham
C1Omer Asik
2Alexis Ajinca
3Jeff Withey