Israeli Basketball Player Gal Mekel to Try Out for L.A. Lakers

26-year-old point guard from Petah Tikva played for another NBA team last season, but reportedly lost a spot on the Pacers because of visa problems.

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Israeli basketball player Gal Mekel will be trying out for the Los Angeles Lakers, sources told ESPN reporter Marc Stein on Wednesday.

Picking Mekel, a free agent, makes sense because the Lakers "need a shot-creator," Stein tweeted.

U.S. media reported earlier this month that the 26-year-old point guard from Petah Tikva had to give up a spot on another National Basketball Association team, the Indiana Pacers, because of visa problems. The Pacers signed free agent point guard A.J. Price instead.

If the visa problems are resolved and the Lakers sign Mekel, it will be his second stint playing for the NBA.

As a rookie, Mekel played in 31 games last season for the Dallas Mavericks. He averaged 2.4 points and 2.0 assists per game.

At least one basketball fan says Mekel could be a good fit for the Lakers. The Israeli player "showed some flashes in Dallas," one of Stein's Twitter followers tweeted, adding that going with Mekel is "not a bad move" for the Los Angeles team.

Mekel, who is 6'3" (1.91 meters), also played U.S. college basketball for two years, for Wichita State University in Kansas.