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Bobcats reportedly trying to convince Bucks to trade Gary Neal for Ramon Sessions

Feb 20, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

The Bucks seem motivated to trade Gary Neal, and he’s a decent role player. There should be a market for him among playoff hopefuls

But this is not what I expected:

Why?

Neal is a 3-point specialist who’s shooting just over league average from downtown this season. His career numbers certainly suggest he’s more likely to trend up than down, but he’s not an elite outside shooter.

Sessions is a better player.

Why would the Bobcats offer, let alone push for, that trade?

They’re extremely selective from beyond the arc, and their 3-point percentage is still below league average. Neal would help. But plugging one, or even two, holes to open others doesn’t really get Charlotte anywhere.

Neal would be a defensive upgrade over Sessions, as would most players. But Neal defends shooting guards better than point guards, some of whose speed trouble him, and he’d likely spend most of his time with the Bobcats replacing Sessions as the backup point guard.

Neal can handle point-guard duties, though like on defense, he’s better at shooting guard.

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This has been a down year for Sessions, and I can see the Bobcats wanting an upgrade. But it’s also been a down year for Neal, and I don’t see him a step up in a typical season for these two, regardless.

The Bucks passing on the deal could make sense, as well. They’re headed deep into the lottery, anyway. What good does Sessions, who’s on an expiring contract, do them? If they’re trading Neal, it should be for an asset that helps next season or later. That’s not Sessions.

Neal might be just what the Bobcats need, but Sessions is too high a price to pay.

  1. davidly - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    convince + of (an idea)
    They convinced them of the trade’s soundness.

    convince + that (something is good)
    They convinced them that it would be an effective trade.

    persuade + to (do something)
    They tried to persuade them to make a trade.

  2. scott46 - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Bucks are dumb enough to do just that. Sen Kohl can’t see the Forrest for the trees…

    • bougin89 - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      This doesn’t hurt the Bucks and actually clears over $3 million in cap space next year on a player that didn’t want to be here anyway.

      How does this not make sense for the Bucks?

  3. zeedoubleyou - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    “What good does Sessions, who’s on an expiring contract, do them?”

    Gary Neal does not have an expiring deal and is not part of the future in Milwaukee. Clearing his salary from the books would be worth this deal IMO.

  4. stevonnesmith - Feb 20, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    We need a backup center behind Big Al. Biyombo is worthless. We’re looking at “upgrading” the wrong position. However, it is true that we don’t have a 3-point specialist. Or, a guy that is decent from behind the arc (excluding Gordon for obvious reasons). Tolliver is close. Also, part of the problem that we’re in with 3-point shooting is that Henderson can’t hit a 3. For that matter, he can’t hit a free throw! But, he plays good defense. So, we’re stuck…

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