Trading Gary Neal Was a Win For Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks were not as active at the NBA trade deadline as most expected; however, they did move guards Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour to the Charlotte Bobcats for Ramon Sessions and Jeff Adrien. The move made sense both from a current season value and future planning standpoint.
From a look at production and value, in the Bucks’ case, less is more. A team in full tank mode has no use for quality backup guards, and in Neal’s case, a disgruntled one who wasn’t happy. Sessions will probably get some playing time by default, but this will barely be an audition. Milwaukee would be better off rolling the dice with a second round choice in a loaded draft (they have many) at a fraction of the price next year. Adrien will probably get more of a look and be considered for a cheap bench role, assuming there are signs of potential.
Secondly, financially the Bucks are off the hook next year for the $3.25 million due to Neal. Both Sessions and Adrien have expiring deals, and I can’t imagine either one will be considered in the future.
Entering the trade deadline there was a lot of chatter and hope that the Bucks would ditch veteran contracts. Although they only got rid of one, it’s better than none. When a team is sitting dead last, you take what you can get.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant