Report: With Mekel out due to visa issue, A.J. Price to sign with Pacers


You’ve got to feel for Israeli born Gal Mekel, who got waived by Dallas at the end of training camp but due to injuries to George Hill and C.J. Watson was going to get his shot in Indiana. Except there ended up being work visa issues — he can’t get a new visa until Friday and the roster exemption the league granted the Pacers expires today. So he’s out.

One man’s problems can be another’s opportunity.

Enter A.J. Price, who will sign with the Pacers, reports Marc Stein of ESPN Sports.

Price was a former second round pick of the Pacers who spent three seasons with the team starting in 2009, then bounced to Washington and Minnesota the past couple seasons. Price was in camp with the Cavaliers but was waived before he played in a regular season game for them (they brought in Will Cherry to replace him).

The reason for all the bouncing around is Price is supposed to be a three-point specialist (more than half his shots came from there the past two seasons) but he shot 27.3 percent from beyond the arc last year and is a career 32.1 percent. That’s not good enough. Aside that he’s just kind of a placeholder — he’s not really bad at anything, he takes care of the ball, but he doesn’t really create anything or have a great NBA skill.

He’ll get the chance to prove that assessment wrong in Indiana, where they are thin at the point guard spot (Donald Sloan starts, and he put up 31 on John Wall and the Wizards Wednesday, but there is no real backup right now).