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.