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Report: Bucks ‘will do everything they can’ to trade Gary Neal before deadline

Jan 8, 2014, 12:05 AM EDT

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When Gary Neal got into it with Larry Sanders in the locker room after a blowout loss to the Suns on Saturday, it wasn’t hard to figure out which player the franchise would be siding with.

Neal is a reserve who’s under contract for just one season beyond this one at $3.2 million, while Sanders was anointed as the face of the franchise with a four-year, $44 million contract extension this past summer.

Not that Sanders has earned it. He’s only appeared in eight games this season after sustaining an injury in a bar fight that required surgery, something Neal alluded to when he told Sanders, “I earn my money. Why don’t you try it?” before storming out of the locker room in Phoenix.

Still, the team doesn’t have much of a choice here, so it will apparently try to alleviate any issues by shipping Neal out of town before the Feb. 20 trade deadline passes.

Neal’s production combined with his price makes him semi-valuable on the open market for a team looking to bolster its bench, but it’s unclear what level of asset a playoff team would be willing or able to give up to retain his services.

Neal is averaging a career-best 10.4 points in 20.5 minutes per game for Milwaukee this season.

  1. nflcrimerankingscom - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Neal for Jarrett Jack?

  2. money2long - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    last season, neal did something in a game that may have looked like he went away from a play that pop wanted to run. it went unsuccessful, there was a timeout called and as he headed to the bench he got into a back n forth with pop. pop’s face looked like he wanted to choke neal, and i’m not sure he saw many minutes if any for the rest of that game. the following year he didn’t find himself in san antonio despite some good nights of shooting he had throughout his time in san antonio. i wonder if neal is a yapper with no filter. if so, im not surprised of what’s going on in his new situation.

    • spursareold - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      I think it was more his lack of defense that wrote his ticket out of SA. He let a man without one shoe on make a 3 pointer in the Finals. That’s pathetic.

      • money2long - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        cuz bellinelli plays so much better defense

  3. coldarcluck - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Sound like their superstar needs a reality check. Considering how two years in a row we are hearing about him fighting with teammates. What kind of leader is that. The media is always picking on cousins but atleast he doesn’t fight with his teammates. Never heard of a problem with Neal having problems with teammates in SA. And I followed them pretty Close. Be a leader Larry.

  4. stoudemelo - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:24 AM

    Neal for JR Smith?

    • bougin89 - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      No. We don’t want/need another headcase.

      • spursareold - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        It’s pretty clear that Sanders is the headcase, but having just been paid, he won’t be shipped out. Coaches and lower tier players always lose these kinds of encounters.

      • bougin89 - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        That’s my point. Why add JR Smith(a headcase) when we already have one(Sanders).

  5. bougin89 - Jan 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    I can’t help but shake my head at this. We really need that #1 overall pick.

  6. shaggytoodle - Jan 8, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    Its times like this that I miss Bogut, I know he was injury prone, but even when the Bucks weren’t playing good he was always fun to watch play. This season its hard to put them on the tv.

  7. bknowledge - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Gary Neal might be the answer for Knicks at PG.

    I’d like to see them take a chance on GN as a PG in the mod of Derrick Fisher/Steve Kerr.

    If Carmelo is staying on he Knicks, he needs a PG who can stretch defenses/good spot up 3.

    Many of the greatest scorers in NBA history have not played with “true” PG’s.

    Dennis Johnson was a converted shooting guard.
    Derrick Fisher, Steve Kerr, John Paxson, Craig Hodges.
    A few years ago when Mavs won, Kidd was more of spot up shooter (and great defender and ball mover) than a PG.
    Even right now, the Pacers George Hill is not a dominant PG….the Pacers have Paul George.

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