Hearing: Bucks closing in on completing signing of Gary Neal after sources say Neal's agent David Bauman no longer in negotiations w/Hawks— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 27, 2013
After news surfaced that San Antonio withdrew its offer to Gary Neal, thus making him an unrestricted free agent, it seems the guard's tenure with the San Antonio Spurs is all but over and he will be taking his talents to the Bucks.
Seeing Neal leave, will help the Spurs unclog the guard spot as the roster is currently stands. With Manu Ginobili, Cory Joseph, Patty Mills, Tony Parker, Marco Belinelli and Nando De Colo, minutes next season will be limited. And with the rise of Joseph, and the addition of Belinelli, Neal might have been the odd man out in the guard rotation.
Neal shot 41 percent from the field and 35 percent from the 3-point line this past season. Though those numbers were not his best in the NBA, he did provide some clutch shooting in the NBA Finals versus Miami.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? Should the Spurs have re-signed Neal?
According to JS Online, the Bucks and Neal have agreed to a deal.
Unrestricted free agent Gary Neal has agreed to join the Bucks on a two-year deal worth $3 million-plus, according to a league source.
i always liked neal and understood that he never really found a groove this season due to injury and inconsistant playing time. that being said, be was much better as a SG than a PG. notice his best percentages came during his rookie season when he was manu's backup and george hill was tony's? he's best off as a shooter only without having to worry about handling and distributing the ball. i'm excited about giving guys like patty, cory and nando more of a chance at PG.
@alamoaggie08 I fully agree w/ you. Neal is just a short SG and in no ways is the playmaker or facilitator that they Spurs want or need. I think Milwaukee made quite the mulligan in signing him, but at least it was not for much.
I remain a HUGE Gary Neal fan. I understand why PATFO did what they did. I wish Gary all the best of luck with the Bucks, but I'm kind of happy to have that roster slot open.
COREY JOESEPH? I DON'T TRUST THIS GUY TO PLAY BIG MINUTES, hopefully hes improved, but even if he has, thats not saying much, he needs to give tony the rest that he needs and i don't if he has what it takes to be backup point guard in this league
Neal was pretty much expendable, especially since the Spurs have Cory Joseph and Patty Mills playing the PG. He's not that great of a PG either--more of a ctch and shoot guy from beyond the arc. He does not make the Bucks any better, that's for sure.