There have been several reported suitors for veteran guard Gary Neal over the last few days.
Neal signed with the Milwaukee Bucks in offseason after spending his first three years of his career with the San Antonio Spurs, who were a game (well, really, mere seconds and a rebound) away from winning the NBA Finals last year.
Between the Bucks having the league’s worst record and Neal’s lack of playing time, he is not happy in Milwaukee and the Bucks have discussed appeasing him by trading him to a contender.
The Charlotte Bobcats are far from a contender, but they would be in the postseason if the playoffs started today. They have been desperately trying to improve their roster to ensure a playoff berth, but have reportedly given up on their pursuit of Philadelphia 76ers’ wing Evan Turner and Orlando Magic swingman Arron Afflalo to focus on Neal.
According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the two sides could be nearing a deal.
Charlotte, Milwaukee gathering traction on Gary Neal-Ramon Sessions centered deal, sources tell Yahoo. Other pieces would be involved.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014
Neal is averaging 10.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
Sessions, who was the key acquisition of the Los Angeles Lakers at the deadline two years ago, signed with the Bobcats before last season. He is averaging 10.5 points, 3.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game.
This is the final year of Sessions’ contract.