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Report: Bucks in the mix for restricted free agent Gary Neal

Jul 9, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

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When the San Antonio Spurs signed Marco Belinelli this summer, it made you wonder if they would bring back restricted free agent Gary Neal. The Spurs have 14 roster spots filled right now, match Neal and they have the full 15 (and now wiggle room to add guys) and they would carry eight guards. That’s not likely.

The belief is the Spurs will not match any offer for Neal. The Bucks may be one of the teams ready to put that theory to the test.

Milwaukee is one of four teams “in the mix” for Neal, reports Gery Woelfel for the Journal Times.

We don’t know who the other teams are, although there has been some buzz about Detroit. The Bucks have lost Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick, and while Neal is a reserve he could provide them needed depth.

Neal is a solid reserve guard who started some in a pinch for San Antonio last season. He gave them 9.5 points a game and is a career 39.8 percent shooter from three who can put the ball on the floor as well.

Some team is going to pick him up. Apparently that might be the Bucks.

  1. goraidersgospurs - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    it seem like every year spurs do this to me, let a player go that I really enjoy watching Roger Mason, George Hill, Now Neal!!!

    • tk41 - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      Yes. And this is how they remain successful. They allow poorly run teams (like the Bucks) to overpay for guys they can replace for much cheaper.

  2. ibleedaquaorange - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Shouldn’t he be referred to as “NBA Finals hero Gary Neal”?

  3. freeworld - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Roger mason was worthless, George was good but we got kawhi Leonard and Neal isn’t consistent. But we do need a 7’0″ center

  4. wadecounty93 - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    This guy can ball and showed it in the Finals, I dont see why he isnt getting more interest. The Bucks on the other hand are aiming for a .500 record at best.

    • jameskocian - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      I respectfully disagree.

      Sure, no one is going to confuse the 2013-14 Bucks as the East’s top (or mid) contender, but what can they really do?

      They lost Tobias Harris in the Reddick trade, ultimately yielding 2 second round picks. That was a burn.

      But Monta and Brandon don’t/didn’t fit, so after extending the offer to Ellis (which he declined), they move on to OJ Mayo.

      Clearly the Bucks will now likely retain BJ3, and need a quality 1/2 backup (enter Neal) as Nick Wolters (hopefully) develops.

      The plan, as it appears to me is to continue to put a competitive team on the floor that is fundamentally sound and hussle-oriented (like the Hammod Pistons, or current Pacers) while giving Henson/Giannis a couple years to develop into (hopefully) something special (ala Larry Sanders).

      It will likely take a couple seasons, but a more mature Jennings feeding the ball to Henson/Giannis/Sanders has potential.

      I think the Bucks are aiming for the 4-6 seeds in the East. And come playoff time, if everyone is gelling and the team gets hot (or the opponent gets injured), one never knows what can transpire.

      At least, as an avid fan….

      That’s what I HOPE the Bucks are doing.

  5. kenlmurray - Jul 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Great! A reserve guard who averages more TOs and fouls than he does assists and steals. This will put the Bucks over the top.

  6. jjthesportsguy - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Wow the Bucks have been full of bad decisions this off-season. OJ May, Zaza, and Delfino getting 50 mill over the next 3 years, when they already have space eating contracts out to average-at-best-players like Gooden, Mbah a Moute, and Ilysova. How much are they going to give Neal? 25-30 mill for a guy who is tapped out in terms of potential?

    Just wait, they’ll give Jennings a 4 year 50 million deal within the week. I live 3 blocks East of the Bradley Center here in Milwaukee, and I can honestly say I want the Bucks to move to Seattle. They need new owners, management, facilities, and players(outside of Henson, Sanders, and Ilyasova). I sure hope Larry Drew knows some magic, cause the Bucks are strapping their roster flexibility for years to come with these signings of players few to no teams are targeting.

  7. patfic15 - Jul 9, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    The Bucks…..blows my mind that this team replaces mediocre players with mediocre players year in and year out. CONTRACTION.

  8. cineserv - Jul 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Neal might sign at a relative bargain at about $9M over 3 years. He was at $800K with SA, so it won’t take a lot. Due to the Spurs lack of a true and capable back up to Tony Parker, he and Manu had to act like point guards. Spurs disappointed when they didn’t go after Darrin Collison we was swept up by the Clippers. Neal was forced to be a point guard in a system that requires its #1 to make penetrations and dribble moves and Neal is more of a pure spot up with a few moves to the basket with a floater only second to TP’s, which is the gold standard in that shot league, probably world, wide.
    Gary is a great guy and were ever he goes he will earn is money and perform well, it is easy for Spur players to excel with their system and their parts in that system.

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