Originally written on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 10/22/14
Just like the leaves falling off trees in the fall, players will leave roles as key role players for a championship caliber team in search of the next big paycheck and a larger role for a team who is trying to make it into the playoffs. While I don’t begrudge a players cashing in on his hard work, but as the adage goes, the grass is not always greener on the other side.  Players sometimes tend to overlook the little details that in the end are big determining factors in their overall performance. Players tend to forget that their teammates and the offensive scheme also helped to create the open looks and the success they enjoyed individually. So as a result, some players tend to focus on the big payday as the main reason when making their decision on which team to join. In the past Beno Udrih, and Steven Jackson (after his first stint with the Spurs) are a few examples who have left San Antonito for bigger roles with other teams. Well the latest addition to this list is Gary Neal, who just recently inked a two year, $6 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. In a recent phone interview, Gary Neal spoke about leaving the Spurs and comparing his new situation to the old situation in San Antonio that he left: "In San Antonio you had the expectation of being a team that's going to be in the playoffs or make it to the Western Conference finals every year," Neal said in a telephone interview. "Even though Milwaukee doesn't have those same expectations nationally, I have an opportunity to play a bigger role and a bigger part here. As a competitor you look for that situation. This is the first time I've had this role in the NBA." Quickly next season Neal will realize last season’s open looks will be now be contested shots with 2 or more players defending him.  By acquiring the bigger role, opposing teams will gear their defense to stopping what he does best, which means he will need to expand his game to help set up his new teammates in order to create room for his shot. So Spurs’ fans how do you think Gary Neal’s 2013-2014 season will be in comparison to his 2012-2013 season with the Spurs?
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Blatt has special message for LeBron

Shaq once threatened to murder Kobe Bryant

Bryce Harper: Mike Trout is the best player in baseball

Report: Wilson skipped OTAs to attend funeral with Graham

Antonio Brown on contract: 'I've got enough' money

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kaepernick posts insensitive joke about Houston floods

50 Cent’s boxing company files for bankruptcy

Rangers-Lightning Game 6: Prediction for elimination game

Phillies GM says team's fans 'don't understand the game’

Adrian Peterson reportedly has considered retirement

Report: Bulls could cheat Tom Thibodeau out of coaching jobs

FIFA officials arrested, to be extradited to US for corruption

WATCH: LeBron throws down huge dunk from inside FT line

Nick Saban says he caught 6-foot, 180-pound fish

WATCH: Vin Scully tells story about Gomes being attacked by wolf

WATCH: Kris Bryant launches home run off scoreboard

Transfer rumors: Drogba, Pirlo and Gomez linked to MLS

Robinson Cano's slump: The good news, the bad news

Joe Maddon unhappy over Cubs’ ‘awkward schedule’

Buck Showalter takes shot at Marlins over management

UGA wants SEC to ban transfers with 'serious misconduct' issues

Cavs' Kevin Love cleared to travel with team

Four crazy stats from the NBA Playoffs thus far

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Transfer rumors: Drogba, Pirlo and Gomez linked to MLS

Cano's slump: The good news, bad news

Disappointments of the MLB season

UGA wants SEC to ban transfers with misconduct issues

Long's great reaction to Bears releasing McDonald

Crazy stats from the NBA Playoffs

WATCH: Curry leaves game after nasty fall

Royals' Guthrie sets records in blowout

Bears cut McDonald after incident

Report: Pierce could opt out of contract

The Talented Mr. Blatt

Is Dellavedova a dirty player?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.