Gary Neal Would Be Valuable Addition to Contender’s Reserve Unit

July 23rd, 2013 by Brian Mazique Leave a reply »

Gary Neal is about to find out just how much teams in the NBA covet his services. Per ESPN's Marc Stein, the San Antonio Spurs are withdrawing their qualifying offer to the 28-year-old guard.

If contenders with cap space and room in the backcourt are smart, they will at least consider signing him as a long-range bomber off the bench.

Neal has proved he has the ability to get buckets in bunches over the last three years. He's been pretty consistent since breaking into the NBA as a 26-year-old rookie. Take a look at his stat line:

His scoring numbers have held steady, but his three-point shooting did dip below 40 percent for the first time in his career last season. That said, 35 percent is nothing to scoff at—especially considering it was the lowest number of his career.

At 6'4", Neal is more of a combo guard, but he can certainly score and play some lead guard. He could offer a contender the type of bench presence that can ignite a run when he enters a game.

Contenders with reserve units that are built on defense but devoid of players who can create their own sho ...

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