According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the San Antonio Spurs are withdrawing their qualifying offer to Gary Neal. That means Neal is now an unrestricted free agent.
Hearing: San Antonio in process of withdrawing qualifying offer to Gary Neal, making Neal an unrestricted free agent and sure to speed exit
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 23, 2013
Neal was a reserve guard for the Spurs last season and averaged 9.5 points a game in 68 games. But he played a bigger role for the Spurs in the NBA Finals.
As a restricted free agent, Neal was slow to get offers because teams were worried about what the Spurs would do. They could match the offer and force a sign and trade. Now that he is an unrestricted free agent he surely will see the action in free agency pick up for him.
As guards have been scooped up a team will make an offer quickly to Neal.