NBA Trade Deadline 2014: Milwaukee Bucks Botch Gary Neal Trade
The Milwaukee Bucks have dealt disgruntled shooting guard Gary Neal and point guard Luke Ridnour to the Charlotte Bobcats for point guard Ramon Sessions and power forward Jeff Adrien at the 2014 NBA trade deadline. Once again, the Bucks have managed to botch a trade, as the deal doesn’t help the team in any way.
Obviously, Milwaukee wasn’t looking for any pieces that would help them win games this season. With only 10 victories, the Bucks have their eyes set on the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. With that being said, it would have been nice to see the organization attempt to acquire a player who could have an impact on the team next season. Unfortunately, Sessions, who began his career in Milwaukee, doesn’t do that.
Neal desperately wanted off the team, which has been a known fact since the beginning of the year. That should have given the Bucks plenty of time to find a proper suitor in which they would get something decent in return. Instead, they get a player with a $5 million contract who most likely won’t see much of the court this season. On top of that, Sessions is a free agent this summer, which means he won’t be on the team for very long.
At this point, getting anything for Neal is good because he was simply taking up space. Since Milwaukee has the worst record in basketball, the organization has decided to give the younger player minutes. This left no room for Neal and other veterans to get consistent playing time.
Unfortunately, the addition of Sessions doesn’t really change that aspect. The 27-year-old is only on the roster because the Bucks knew they had to get rid of Neal. The only question I have is why does it matter which player received limited minutes for the rest of the season? Neal is still under contract, a favorable contract at that, for next season. Meanwhile, Sessions will be gone so fast that most fans won’t even realize he was in Milwaukee in the first place.
In my opinion, it was a pointless trade that helped the Bobcats greatly and did nothing for the Bucks.