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One guy who could get moved at trade deadline: Bucks’ Gary Neal

Feb 17, 2014, 11:46 AM EDT

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We’ve been prepping you for a pretty slow NBA Trade deadline, which hits Thursday (Feb. 20). For the second year in a row there seems to be not much movement and not many deals coming this year.

One guy that very well could get moved? Gary Neal in Milwaukee.

He signed there this summer as part of the Bucks’ then plan to make a playoff push, however things haven’t really gone that way at all. Neal has been used sparingly by coach Larry Drew and both sides would like to make a move, something Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported over the weekend.

The Bucks have been showcasing him a little more recently, a sign they are shopping him.

What teams are looking to add veteran guard depth for the playoffs? A few. Miami and Golden State are two obvious answers. The challenge in both cases starts with money and paying the luxury tax — Miami is already over that line, Golden State is $2.5 million below it and Neal makes $3.25 this season and next. The Warriors wouldn’t want to become taxpayers for Neal, they would need to send a little salary out in any deal.

Still, this is the kind of deal that may get done at the deadline — and the kind that could really help a team. Neal can knock down threes, he plays smart and he has plenty of playoff experience from his time in San Antonio. It’s likely someone picks him up.

  1. pukpokito - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    He would be needed and a perfect right now for the Miami Heat.
    It eases the load on Wade for sure and Ray Allen.

    • spursareold - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM

      Are you forgetting that he’s a defensive seive who let Miller score a three pointer MISSING ONE SHOE? He can shoot, but he can’t do much else.

      • casualcommenter - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:24 PM

        Most fans don’t bother paying attention to defense.

        The Heat haven’t had issues scoring the ball this year. Their issues have been on defense. The Heat have good defenders at point guard, small forward, and power forward, and center, but their only good defender at shooting guard is Wade, when he’s motivated.

        Ray Allen has been terrible defensively this year, and the Heat trading for another guard who can hit 3’s while being terrible on defense doesn’t make sense.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      The Heat are 1st in the NBA in offensive efficiency and 14th in the NBA in defensive efficiency. As spursareold notes, Neal is a bad defender.

      The reason why the Heat keep Michael Beasley on the bench despite his scoring being so efficient this year is because he’s bad defensively.
      I don’t see the Heat trading for yet another wing who can score but can’t defend.

  2. bknowledge - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    Wish he were the Knicks starting pg

  3. jolink653 - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    He’d be a good pickup for the Warriors for the scoring punch he’d provide off the bench. He just seems like such a streaky shooter though, and doesn’t defend much, so if he’s not in the zone shooting-wise, he can be a liability on the court

  4. miamatt - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    I think waiting to see what shakes free from the tree on March 1st -Caron Butler, anyone?- makes a lot more sense for Miami than Neal. There is no way they are taking on that salary plus committing to pay it next year as well. The Heat need all the cap room they can get this upcoming offseason.

    • Professor Fate - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:50 PM

      The Heat have $69M on the books next year for six players, three of those six taking $61M+. How would they gain any cap room? Just curious.

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