The Charlotte Bobcats are currently the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The fact that the organization doesn’t have much postseason experience is why it’s imperative the Bobcats make noise at the NBA trade deadline. One player in particular that is well within Charlotte’s grasp is shooting guard Gary Neal.
When the Bobcats signed center Al Jefferson in free agency this past offseason, it was a sign that Charlotte is dedicated to win now. Sure, the team is still a few pieces away from being legitimate contenders in the East, but that won’t stop the players from believing they can hold their own in the playoffs.
The fans want to see the team do something, even if that means getting bounced from the playoffs in the first round. It at least shows that the Bobcats have made progress and have a good enough team to clinch a postseason berth. Obviously, the fans would prefer to see their team do more than be a one and done, which is where Neal can certainly help.
The 29-year-old signed with the Milwaukee Bucks in the offseason. Obviously, the position he’s in is not what he expected when he inked the deal. It’s been known for quite some time that Neal wants out of Milwaukee, which means he will definitely get traded at the deadline. At this point, it’s up to Charlotte to put forth a somewhat competitive offer in order to land the fourth year player.
Neal received valuable NBA Finals experience last season with the San Antonio Spurs. He can use what he learned to help the Bobcats achieve their dreams of making the playoffs. Neal is a top-notch scorer and an assassin from 3-point range. Even though his numbers this season are right around his career average, a change of scenery just might guarantee an improvement in his production.
Charlotte would be foolish to pass up the opportunity to acquire Neal. His contract is incredibly reasonable and he can be a big-time scorer, which is something the Bobcats desperately need.