Apr 29, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal (14) drives against Utah Jazz forward DeMarre Carroll (3) during the first half of game one in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the AT
It was only a matter of time for this to happen and on Saturday, it was reported by many sources that Gary Neal has signed with the Milwaukee Bucks on a two-year deal reportedly worth $3 million.
Neal turned into a late unrestricted free agent find after the San Antonio Spurs withdrew their $1.1 million qualifying offer last week. The Spurs already had signed free agent guard Marco Belinelli and were satisfied with their depth at that position.
For the Bucks, whom have been busy this off-season has now rounded out their shooting core with O.J. Mayo and now Neal. These two essentially are replacing Monta Ellis (Dallas Mavericks) and J.J. Redick (Los Angeles Clippers).
Neal as many players in the league has their ups and downs. One night he can be on fire and not do anything wrong, another night, well he simpy makes you want to burst out with every explicit known to man. In the finals, Neal did have games that have peaked interest in teams, mainly the Bucks. In the Spurs 113-77 win in game three of the Finals, Neal scored 24. In the three game stretch, he was simply, on fire from beyond the arc hitting 11-for-17.
Over his three year career with the San Antonio Spurs, Neal has averaged just under ten points a game, and 39.8% from beyond the arc.