Garrett W. Ellwood/Getty ImagesSecond-year point guard Gal Mekel could be the odd man out if the Mavericks re-sign J.J Barea.SAN ANTONIO — There is another side to the coin concerning the Dallas Mavericks‘ potential re-acquisition of J.J Barea. With a full-15-man roster, Dallas would have to create a spot to make room for Barea but can do so by trading someone. All signs point to point guard Gal Mekel being the odd man out.
“It’s weird right now,” Mekel said of the rumors.
While they are just rumors for right now, the necessary moves are starting to be made for the second member of the Mavs’ 2011 championship team to return this season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves waived Barea’s contract late Monday. If he clears waivers, which is a two-day process, sources have told ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that the Mavs plan to re-sign Barea.
Coming off the heels of a great run in the preseason, Mekel received plenty of solid feedback from the coaching staff and looked poised to log minutes while Raymond Felton remains sidelined due to a high-ankle sprain. Now, it appears his time is borrowed and he could find himself with another team in just a few days. Even thought it’s a weird situation for the second-year point guard, Mekel is taking everything in stride.
“I hear all the stuff. I know what’s going on,” Mekel said. “I had a great preseason and I showed that I can really help this team. I think I put myself in a good situation where a lot of people saw that I can be effective in this type of competition. I’m here, and I want to help the team.”
The challenge for the Israeli guard will be to try to put this distraction to the side and focus on the team’s opening night matchup against the San Antonio Spurs.
“I’m ready to help the team in any scenario,” Mekel said. “I want to focus on tonight. It’s a big game for us. If I can help the team win tonight, that’s all I’m focused on.”