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MAVERICKS SIGN GUARD JOSE CALDERON

For Immediate Release                                                                                                               July 11, 2013

MAVERICKS SIGN GUARD JOSE CALDERON

 

DALLAS The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent point guard Jose Calderon. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 Calderon (6-3, 211) joined the Toronto Raptors in 2005 after six seasons playing professionally in Spain. In eight NBA seasons with Toronto and Detroit, he holds career averages of 10.1 points and 7.2 assists while shooting .483 from the field, .399 from three-point range and .877 from the foul line. Calderon remains the Raptors franchise leader in assists and free throw percentage.

 Last season, Calderon shot .461 (130-282) from behind-the-arc to lead the NBA in three-point shooting despite being traded to Detroit in a three-team deal that sent Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi to Toronto and Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye and Ed Davis to Memphis.

 The Villanueva de la Serena, Spain native experienced a great deal of success spending the early part of his career in Europe. Calderon made his Spanish league debut with Lucentum Alicante in 2000 before having his most successful run as a member of Tau Ceramica. With Tau Ceramica, Calderon won the 2004 King’s Cup and helped lead the squad to a second-place finish in the 2005 Euroleague Finals.

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MAVERICKS SIGN FREE AGENT GAL MEKEL

For Immediate Release                                                                                                               July 11, 2013           

 

MAVERICKS SIGN FREE AGENT GAL MEKEL

 

DALLAS The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent guard Gal Mekel (pronounced GAL MEK-el). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 

Mekel (6-3, 191) spent two seasons at WichitaStateUniversity (2006-07, 2007-08) before leaving school early and beginning his professional career in Europe. In his first season overseas, he was named the 2009 All-Israeli League Newcomer of the Year.

 

Last season, the point guard led Maccabi Haifa to an Israeli League Championship en route to claiming his second Most Valuable Player award. Mekel averaged 13.3 points, 5.4 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 32.3 minutes in 30 games while shooting .525 from the field and .779 from the free throw line.

 

The Petah Tikva, Israel native is just the second Israeli-born player to sign with an NBA team. He follows in the footsteps of veteran forward Omri Casspi.

 

 

 

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