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.
The time off during the All-Star break did Dwyane Wade some good.
The Bulls guard turned back the clock on Friday night, leading the Bulls with 23 points and topping it off with this dunk that proved to be the dagger, sealing a Chicago win. The Suns were convinced Wade was going to run the shot clock way down before making his move and they lollygagged into position — so he just blew past everyone for the poster slam.
The Bulls won 128-121. Devin Booker led the Suns with 27.
Atlanta’s DeMarre Carroll picked up a deserved flagrant for this foul.
With a couple of minutes left to go in the second quarter, Isaiah Thomas made the steal when DeMar DeRozan lost the ball on a drive, and Thomas was off to the races. Trying to prevent a lay-up, Carroll decided to foul Thomas far from the basket, but did so with a forearm shove that sent Thomas sprawling on the ground.
Thomas got up and had words, as did Jae Crowder.
Carroll got a flagrant and a technical, Thomas and Crowder each picked up technicals for jumping in.
When Stephen Curry wore a headband through the All-Star Game last weekend, West coach Steve Kerr jokingly called him “Seth” all night.
Dallas’ Seth Curry came out of the week-long break playing like an All-Star. He dropped 31 on the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night, a career high for him. He hit 13-of-17 from the field, including three from beyond the arc, but did a lot of his damage in the midrange.
It wasn’t enough, the Timberwolves got a comfortable 97-84 win behind 27 points from Andrew Wiggins and 26 from Karl-Anthony Towns. Nerlens Noel was not yet with his new team in time to play for the Mavs in this game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points despite foul trouble and the San Antonio Spurs shook off the rust from a nine-day layoff to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-97 on Friday night for their third straight win.
Pau Gasol added 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench in his return from a 15-game absence because of a fractured finger. LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Dewayne Dedmon grabbed 12 rebounds.
Blake Griffin scored 29 points for the Clippers, who have dropped consecutive games to the league’s two winningest teams since the All-Star break ended. They lost by 10 points at Golden State a night earlier. The Spurs have the league’s second-best record at 44-13.
Chris Paul added 17 points in his return after missing five weeks with a torn ligament in his left thumb.