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The Gary Neal roller coaster continues.
According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the San Antonio Spurs will withdraw Neal's $1.11 million qualifying offer, emboldening the 28-year-old gunner to entertain the unrestricted free agent market.
Stein also tweeted that Neal will likely be "snapped" up quick by another team, given his shooting outburst in last years NBA Finals. The Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets, despite their backcourt logjam, are reportedly interested in the undrafted combo guard.
Neal averaged 9.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game last season while shooting a career low 35.5 percent from beyond the arc. He hoists up a ton of shots, some decidedly terrible looks, but he is a cheap source of points -- as long as teams are willing to stomach his fatal defensive lapses and caustic shot selection. An affordable secondary ball handler that doesn't cough up turnovers will always be compensated in the NBA, especially if they can knock down open 3-pointers. Neal accomplishes both objectives.
San Antonio, meanwhile, still has a vacant roster spot. Alleviating their books of Neal's $1.11 cap hold gives them the flexibility to either sign Greg Oden outright or another cheap wing forward to solidify the rotation. Neal is almost assuredly gone from San Antonio, but stranger things have happened.
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According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the San Antonio Spurs are expected to withdraw their qualifying offer to 28-year-old point guard, Gary Neal, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Neal averaged 9.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 22 minutes off of the bench for San Antonio this season – also contributing 6.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 21 postseason games before...
The San Antonio Spurs will withdraw their qualifying offer to Gary Neal.
Neal had been a restricted free agent, but will now become an unrestricted free agent.
In his 12 years in the NBA, San Antonio Spurs has rarely dunked in a game. His most memorable dunk was versus Houston early in his NBA career but since then, Parker finishing at the rim has been a rare sight on the court.
Parker is usually the one setting up players for alley oop dunks but this time, he was on the receiving end. TP hosted a celebrity all-star...
The San Antonio Spurs’ selection of Missouri guard Marcus Denmon at the end of the second round of last year’s NBA Draft was a bit of a head scratcher, especially considering the abundance of guards the Spurs already had on the roster.
However, with a a late second round pick, the chances of landing on an NBA team, even the one that drafted you, are slim.
San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph has had quite the journey since being drafted out of the University of Texas with the 29th pick of the 2011 NBA Draft.
He left Austin for San Antonio, just to go back to Austin a few more times to get some much needed time developing with the Austin Toros.
Then, towards the end of last season and entering the postseason, Joseph...
Ryan Richards is the pure definition of potential. If any other NBA team had their hands on him they would be salivating at the thought of what he could bring this season. Most teams would have him on their roster just because well, that’s what other teams do. They make their decisions based on potential.
We all know the San Antonio Spurs take their time when it comes to prospects...
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In five Summer League games, a tiny sample size, Thomas flashed a potent perimeter shot, especially in the pick-and-pop, and advanced basketball acuity, albeit against inferior competition.
The start of the Summer League wasn’t ideal for San Antonio Spurs big man Aron Baynes. He had a disappointing first game and needed to bounce back in the following games in order to show the improvement he has made this offseason.
Baynes did just that by averaging 12 points and 10.5 rebounds per game over his 4 games in Las Vegas. His individual post defense on Toronto...
File this under "Welcome to the NBA offseason."
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So when he mounted this horse out in China, he made the beast look like a toy pony. Poor horse looks like it could break in half at any moment. Just look at that expression on the horse's face...
The FIBA 2014 Basketball World Cup is still over a year away but that doesn't mean basketball fans cannot start getting hyped over the big event.
24 teams will fight for a shot at gold in Spain next year which means several San Antonio Spurs players will be there representing their country for a shot at a spot at the next Olympic Games in Rio.
FIBA released a trailer...
Patty Mills didn't have an eventful season last year with Cory Joseph's rise into the rotation and an infection between his toes halted any possibility to play in the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.
With Mills exercising his option to stay with the San Antonio Spurs one more season, he doesn't seem to be walking into next season with the third point guard spot...
After their final Las Vegas Summer League game versus the San Antonio Spurs, the Summer League’s MVP the Raptors Jonas Valanciunas took a moment to speak about his former teammate Aron Baynes.
Valanciunas stated he played the same physicality as when they were teammates. He took a moment to praise his low post game.
Baynes pulled down 15 rebounds versus the...
Summer League is the best chance for players to show off their skills for all 30 teams to see. As a player you have to make the most of the opportunity just to give yourself a shot at making a team. Hollis Thompson was that guy from this year’s San Antonio Spurs Summer League team.
Thompson, an undrafted player last year out of Georgetown, spent this past season playing...