Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv will face off for the first title of the season in the State Cup final on Sunday night, but in the meantime they continue to battle for the services of Gal Mekel.
The 26-year-old Israeli guard has been without a team for the past two months after being cut by the New Orleans Pelicans. He is still hopeful of receiving another chance in the NBA this season, but if none arrives in the days following Thursday’s trade deadline, Mekel is set to return to Israel or Europe at least until the end of the season.
Mekel played just four games for New Orleans, averaging 1.5 points and 3.3 assists over 10.9 minutes of action. He spent over a month as a free agent following his release by the Dallas Mavericks at the start of the season, and has played a mere total of 44 minutes in 2014/15.