One of the shooters around the league who looks to be on the block as the trade deadline approaches is Gary Neal of the Milwaukee Bucks.
A lot of teams reportedly have interest in Neal, including the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Hearing Thunder has interest in Gary Neal, who would give them a nice perimeter shooter.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) February 19, 2014
The Bucks acquired Neal in the offseason, signing him to a two-year, $6.5 million deal on July 30.
Neal is in his fourth NBA season, having spent the first three with the San Antonio Spurs, and is averaging a career-high 10.0 points in 20.2 minutes per game for the Bucks this season. Neal is a career 39.3 percent three-point shooter and is at 36.0 percent this season.
The Thunder could certainly acquire Neal using draft picks, trade exceptions and/or Hasheem Thabeet. The Bucks would probably be interested in getting more picks with such a loaded draft approaching.
Neal is a “green light” shooter who will pull up from almost anywhere. He can provide energy off the bench and a scoring punch, which makes him someone who can basically fit in anywhere.
The Thunder could use a player like that but I don’t really see him getting a lot of playing time if the Thunder get him. Scott Brooks would essentially have to decide that he would be playing over Derek Fisher, who he loves and who has been great this season really.
I almost feel like the only way Neal would make sense to go out and get would be if the Thunder had another deal in place that they were going to do that would rid them of a rotation player like Reggie Jackson or Jeremy Lamb. Since the departure of either of those two seems pretty unlikely, I don’t see Neal making a lot of sense.
And in terms of the draft picks the Thunder have, it looks like the Dallas pick (top 20 protected) will go to them this year. Why would OKC deal one of those two very valuable first rounders just to get Neal?
The trade deadline is tomorrow at 2 p.m. CST.