The move has been expected since Monday, when Barea was let go by Minnesota. Owner Mark Cuban had a long meeting with Mekel Monday about the situation. Barea spent his first five seasons with the Mavericks before spending the last three years with Minnesota.
Barea and the Mavericks have mutual interest in a reunion. If he does sign with the team, the Mavericks are expected to trade or waive
"I told him the exact truth," Cuban said. "I told him we’ve been talking to [Barea] and told him this is what might happen and here’s why and there’s the options you have, and what’s the best option for you in your mind. I wanted to be very communicative with him because he earned it. I have a lot of respect for Gal."
Mekel didn't play in the team's season-opening loss Tuesday.
Mekel has been working his way back from surgery on his meniscus in January. He scored two points while logging five minutes off the bench on March 12, his first appearance since the procedure.
Mekel is working his way back from surgery on his meniscus in January. No timetable has been established for his return. He is averaging 2.4 points and 2.1 assists over 30 games played.
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