Pelicans sign guard Gal Mekel, assign guard Russ Smith to D-League _lowres

Advocate Photo by KYLE ENCAR --New Orleans Pelicans guard Russ Smith (9) plays tight defense against Charlotte Hornets Brian Roberts (22) in the first half on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 at the Smoothie King Center. Roberts played for New Orleans from 2012-2014.

The New Orleans Pelicans signed guard Gal Mekel on Friday.

Mekel, 6-foot-3 and 191 pounds, appeared in 31 games (one start) last season with the Dallas Mavericks, averaging 2.4 points and 2.0 assists. The 26-year-old will wear No. 24 and is set to be available for Saturday’s game.

Pelicans guard Russ Smith, who played in just three games this season, was assigned by the team to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the NBA Developmental League.

Smith, a 6-foot, 185-pound rookie, averaged 5.0 points and 1.2 assists. He was drafted by New Orleans with the 47th pick in the 2014 NBA draft.