DALLAS -- Over the past five days, the Dallas Mavericks have made steps to seriously address their needs at the point guard position.
During last Thursday's NBA Draft, the Mavs acquired the draft rights to Miami University point guard Shane Larkin. Then a day after not giving point guard Darren Collison a qualifying offer -- making him an unrestricted free agent -- the Mavs agreed to terms with point guard Gal Mekel on a guaranteed multi-year minimum wage contract.
Mekel, 25, is a late bloomer in that he showed very little potential while playing for Wichita State from 2006-'08. However, after leaving college following his sophomore season and returning to his native homeland of Israel, Mekel had 21 points, seven assists and three steals in the Israeli championship game as he led Maccabi Electra to the title over powerhouse Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv.
Last year Mekel averaged 13.3 points, was second in the league in assists with 5.4 per game, and shot 47 percent from the field while being named the Israel Premier League Most Valuable Player. He also was the league's MVP in 2011.
Apparently, Mekel will fit in nicely with the Mavs since he loves the pick-n-roll play, which is a favorite of coach Rick Carlisle.
Last week the Milwaukee Bucks offered Mekel a spot on their summer league team, but not a contract. He also drew interest from Toronto, Indiana, Memphis, Minnesota, Utah and Atlanta.
-- Dwain Price
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