Mekel headed to D-League for rehab

DALLAS -- Mavericks rookie point guard Gal Mekel, who has not played since undergoing surgery in mid-January to repair the meniscus in his right knee, will be assigned to the D-League Texas Legends.

The plan is for Mekel, who averaged 2.4 points and 2.1 assists in 30 games for the Mavs, to play at least two games for the Legends.

“It’s time for him to get some game minutes to continue with his rehab,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “I just want to be clear that this is an opportunity for him to continue his rehab and conditioning, and he’s done very well with that.”

Mekel will join fellow Mavs rookie Ricky Ledo, who has spent most of the season in the D-League, with the Legends.

Point guard Shane Larkin, small forward Jae Crowder and center Bernard James -- all of whom have gotten some D-League time recently -- will travel to Denver with the Mavs.