Mac TA, J’lem rivalry continues to heat up off the court

The arms race between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Jerusalem continues to intensify with every passing week and is set to reach a new high with the bidding war for the services of Gal Mekel.

Hours after agreeing personal terms with Dagan Yivzori in a meeting on Wednesday night, Jerusalem was stunned to discover that the Israeli sharp-shooter had signed a contract with Maccabi on Thursday, with the yellow-and-blue handing him a three year deal paying around 30 percent more per season than Hapoel’s two-year offer.

The 29-year-old, who averaged 12.2 points, 3.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds for Maccabi Haifa last season, will be no more than a role player in Tel Aviv, but as one of the top Israeli free agents this summer he fully benefited from the intense rivalry between the local powerhouses.


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