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Report: Spurs to withdraw qualifying offer for Gary Neal

Jul 23, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

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Gary Neal was one of those guys a lot of fans saying during the playoffs “where do the Spurs keep finding these guys?” He played a huge role for San Antonio in the NBA Finals.

Neal was a reserve guard (he did start 17 games for San Antonio last season) who averaged 9.5 points a game, mostly often knocking down threes but he could score off the bounce or the catch-and-shoot, and he played smart defense.

Neal was a restricted free agent and while the Spurs signing of Marco Belinelli meant they were not likely to match an offer for Neal, offers were slow to come in because the Spurs could threaten to match and force a sign-and-trade. Other teams were leery to make an offer.

That may be about to change because the Spurs may be about to pull their qualifying offer, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

He will not last long on the open market, a number of teams that could use a guard will jump into the mix. He is a nice sixth man, volume scorer kind of player (who has played a little point to, if a team needs that).

  1. mrwhiteshadez - Jul 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Dallas could use another PG, make it happen Cuban.

  2. dezglobal - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    This is a blessing in disguise for Neal.. He’ll be able to go somewhere and get some good quality minutes in.

  3. siege102 - Jul 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    What do the Spurs have against this guy? I don’t get it.

    • mrwhiteshadez - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      He looks like a dinosaur…isn’t it obvious?

  4. legend30 - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Pat Riley work your magic.

  5. uncledrew22 - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    He was expendable after signing Belinelli.

  6. ninersfan74 - Jul 23, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Wow, really? Why the hell would they do that? Belinelli, who the hell is he? Bad move, he was a helluva contributor in the finals…

    • kibblesnvick - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:48 AM

      Except that Pop will be coaching Belinelli.

  7. bknowledge - Jul 23, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Brooklyn Nets are 1 Gary Neal signing away from being NBA Champs?

    • kibblesnvick - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      Not with the Wheelchair Crew.

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