The Milwaukee Bucks have been shrouded in unfortunate and troubling circumstances for almost the entirety of the 2013-14 NBA season. The most recent incident arose this past week when guard Gary Neal and center Larry Sanders reportedly got into a verbal altercation in the locker room following a loss that got pretty personal and quite heated.
Though Sanders has had his issues, including getting into a bar fight earlier in the year that caused him to injure his hand which kept him out for nearly two months, he is the guy that the Bucks gave a contract extension to this summer and a player that the Bucks have placed a lot of money and faith in for their future.
Given that, it’s not surprising how things are starting to play out. According to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN, the Bucks are reportedly going to go all out in trying to deal Neal before the NBA Trade Deadline on Feb. 20.
Neal really came on in the 2013 NBA Playoffs while with the San Antonio Spurs, providing huge moments as an offensive spark off of the bench. Though Neal sometimes displays questionable shot-selection, he’s a talented shooter and offensive player that can change games when he’s on.
For the year in Milwaukee, the 29-year-old Neal has averaged 10.4 points, 1.6 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game over 23 contests that he’s appeared in. However, he’s shot just 39.4 percent from the floor, though is 41.9 percent mark from three-point range is solid. He’s clearly displayed that he’s better suited in a lesser bench role than as a starter or featured reserve.
It’ll be interesting to see what the Bucks are willing to take for Neal and if they get anything of value for him leading up to the deadline. Though Neal can have value in the right situation, the Bucks now don’t have much leverage in any deal and they aren’t dealing with a star-type talent. Whatever the deal they get is, though, don’t expect Neal to be around in Milwaukee when March rolls around.