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Report: Pacers in process of signing guard Gal Mekel

The Pacers look to address a need for backcourt help until their injured guards are able to return to action.

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The Indiana Pacers will reportedly add Gal Mekel to their injury-depleted depth chart, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Mekel, 26 played sparingly last season for the Dallas Mavericks before the team sent him to the D-League to play for the Texas Legends. He was released by the Mavs at the start of this season when the team picked up J.J. Barea. The 6'3 guard, a native of Israel, played at Wichita State before starting his professional career by playing in Israel and Italy.

With Rodney Stuckey playing on step-to-step status with his foot and George Hill and C.J. Watson out for a few more games, the Pacers are desperate for guard help. The current situation has forced Solomon Hill into additional ball handling duties as Hill simply tries to adjust to more playing time in the NBA.

To make room for Mekel, we must assume Shayne Whittington will be released (EDIT: Stein reports Pacers will try to use a hardship waiver, explained here, to add Mekel). According to Stein, Mekel had a solid preseason with the Mavs which included two games against the Pacers. In the game at Dallas, Mekel had 11 points and 5 assists, then back at the Fieldhouse, he played heavy minutes and finished with 19 points and 9 assists. He also had 5 turnovers in that game, so he should fit in just fine (sorry, that was uncalled for).