After an impressive workout, Israeli point guard Gal Mekel has received an unexpected training camp invitation from the Jazz, reports ESPN.com's Marc Stein. However, according to Stein, visa issues may make it impossible for Mekel to arrive at camp on time, meaning he'd miss a handful of practices and be at a disadvantage when it comes to earning a roster spot.
Due to those visa issues, the most likely scenario involves Mekel playing in Europe for another season, then arriving in North America next July to participate in summer league action. Mekel, 24, would become Israel's second-ever NBA player, if he were to earn a roster spot with a team this year or next. Cleveland's Omri Casspi was the first.
Mekel played college ball in America at Wichita State from 2006 to 2008 before heading to Israel to play professionally. He played for Maccabi Tel Aviv and Gilboa Galil Elyon, winning the Israel Super League's rookie of the year honors in 2009 and MVP in 2011. Last season, the 6'4" point guard played in Italy for Benetton Treviso.