The Atlanta Hawks need floor spacing and shooting, especially after trading Kyle Korver.
Veteran Gary Neal is a career 38.3 percent shooter from deep.
So have we got a match? Maybe, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
Neal was with the Spurs when current Atlanta coach/president Mike Budenholzer was Gregg Popovich’s lead assistant, so there is history between them.
On the court, Neal seems a fit for the Hawks. He missed the end of last season with a torn hip labrum, which required surgery, but he is back and ready to go (he has been for a while, but couldn’t land a contract). Here is why Atlanta should be cautious, Neal averaged 9.8 points a game for the Wizards last season and they chose not to bring him back because of chemistry issues in the locker room — his teammates called him “selfish” and couldn’t stand him. They thought he hunted stats, to the point one player said he wish he had punched him. Before that, Neal clashed with Popovich in San Antonio.
Giving Neal a 10-day contract makes some sense, it gives the Hawks the chance to evaluate everything.