Milwaukee, WI - According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Milwaukee Bucks are beginning to push a trade involving guard Gary Neal and hope to move him in the next couple weeks. Stein reported that center Larry Sanders and Neal exchanged a heated back-and-forth discussion that will likely signal Neal’s tenure coming to an end with the Bucks. Milwaukee signed Neal hoping to receive a boost in scoring off the bench, but his inconsistency has made the deal a bust.
There are no reports as to which teams could show interest in the guard who has shown the ability in the past to score the basketball at a high level. One team that has been rumored to be interested is the Atlanta Hawks, but no sources have confirmed that rumor.
Through 23 games with the Bucks this season, Neal has averaged 10.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. Obviously the point totals aren’t too terribly low, but the games played and other statistics certainly aren’t living up to the expectations. It appears that the Bucks simply aren’t a good fit for what Neal brings to the table, as he had great success over the last couple of seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, and was a key piece to the team that took the Heat to Game 7 of the NBA Finals last year.
“I earned my money. Why don’t you try it?” - Gary Neal to Larry Sanders
The quote listed above is apparently what started the heated exchange between the two Bucks. Larry Sanders received a large contract this past offseason, but has had off the court issues and has been inconsistent even when on the floor. Milwaukee is currently sitting at 7-27 and are currently last in the Central Division. Having a losing season like the Bucks are having will bring quite a bit of frustration to the locker room. Keep an eye on these rumors as the Bucks are going to do everything in their power to trade Neal away as soon as possible.
Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Pro Sports Extra. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.