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Gary Neal
Position: G
Born: 10/03/84
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:210 lbs. / 95.3 kg.
Salary: $2,139,000
Basketball Insiders: This summer, you guys lost Paul Pierce, but you added some quality veterans in Jared Dudley, Gary Neal and Alan Anderson among others. Personally, I liked the moves since those guys can be key contributors and they will improve your depth. What did you think of the team’s offseason? John Wall: “It was great. It was tough losing Paul [Pierce], Rasual [Butler] and those guys because they helped us a lot, but I like the additions. Alan [Anderson] can help us. Gary [Neal] has been around a team that’s been to the Finals. A guy like Jared Dudley knows what it takes to win and he’s someone who knows his role. These are all veteran guys who know their role and who can come in and just help us win games. Those kind of guys are key.”
As the Washington Mystics wrapped up practice Thursday morning at Verizon Center ahead of their Game 1 playoff matchup in New York, a group of rather tall men entered the practice court. The Washington Wizards don’t begin training camp until later this month, but many of the players are already working out together. Bradley Beal and Otto Porter were part of the group getting their conditioning game on. Roster mainstay Garrett Temple, rookie Kelly Oubre Jr., newcomers Gary Neal and Alan Anderson were on hand. Also part of the 10 or so players, training camp invitees Toure Murry and Josh Harrellson.
Storyline: Training Camp Invitations
Ideally, Bradley Beal won’t have to log as many minutes in his fourth season with the Wizards. This will be the most backup he has had on the perimeter which could allow him to be more effective in the long run and avoid recurring injuries to his ankles and lower right leg. “I like them. We have a great group of guys,” Beal said about new acquisitions Gary Neal, Jared Dudley, Alan Anderson and Kelly Oubre in a phone conversation last week. “I think Jared is going to help us out tremendously. Alan is going to help us out. … I’m excited. We still have a great team, still have our core together and it’s just a matter of going out and getting the job done again.”
So languishing on two lottery-bound teams last season — the rebranded Hornets and the rebuilding Minnesota Timberwolves — was unsettling. Neal’s chief goal in free agency was to ensure that would not happen again and it was the primary reason why the Towson product decided to join the Washington Wizards on a one-year contract for the biannual exception of $2.1 million. Playing within 30 minutes of his native Baltimore and alongside a top-flight pass-first point guard in John Wall didn’t hurt either. “Those were the three things I was really looking for,” Neal, 30, said in a conference call with reporters Thursday. “I was looking for a team that was actually playing for something and had expectations. And I was looking for a roster that was suitable and could help my skill set and I think I found those two in the Wizards.”