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


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.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.