Report: Pacers about to sign Gal Mekel to help out thin backcourt

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The Pacers are without George Hill (knee) and C.J. Watson (foot), which has left a lot of Donald Sloan and a rough start for Indiana (in a season that was already going to be pretty rough).

Now the Pacers are about to sign a little help.

Indiana is going to sign former Maverick Gal Mekel, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Mekel, out of Israel, was buried on the Dallas bench last season (behind Jose Calderon, Devin Harris and plus they had Shane Larkin), but Indiana could be a good fit for him.

Mekel has a good handle and is smart about coming off the pick-and-roll and being able to find teammates. Frank Vogel likes to run a lot of pick-and-roll. Hence the fit. Mekel is a classic point guard.

The questions about him are his shooting (he really struggled with that in Dallas), which allows teams to go under picks and dare him to shoot, and his ability to defend NBA point guards.

Mekel may or may not be much of an answer in Indiana, but it’s about the best option they’ve got.