The NBA is about competition on the floor, but it’s also about dollars and cents. Teams now must find players who can outperform deals they’re signed to and use them as assets on the floor or as assets to flip in order to acquire a game-changing piece. ESPNDallas.com will grade how the Dallas Mavericks fared in terms of contracts of their new acquisitions.
Gal Mekel: Signed to a three-year minimum contract that is fully guaranteed. Mekel will make $490,180 in 2013-14.
Similar to that of Ricky Ledo, the investment in the Israeli guard is low risk in the big picture. Speaking to him in Las Vegas during the summer league, Mekel wanted to land with a team that would give him a multi-year deal to provide security as he adjusted to the NBA. The Mavs were the team that ultimately stepped up and offered that to him.
While he is in a platoon now at the backup point guard position with Shane Larkin, Mekel is the more polished of the two. His court vision and passing ability make him a unique option off the bench. Bench players have flaws and his will be the learning curve he has to go through to develop as a shooter, along with his size.
Mekel was quite impressive in Vegas and his numbers would have been better with more NBA talent around him. While Larkin and Mekel see time with the Texas Legends as rookies, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that the Israeli guard emerges as the better option between the two.