HoopsHype Gary Neal rumors

January 5, 2014 Updates

Gary Neal and Larry Sanders in big argument in Bucks locker room after game. Was going on as reporters entered. The latest lopsided loss for the Milwaukee Bucks resulted in a bitter locker room argument between teammates Larry Sanders and Gary Neal. The two were arguing after reporters were allowed in the locker room following the Bucks' 116-100 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Saturday night at the US Airways Center. Reporters were asked by players to leave but the argument continued and Neal left shouting, "I earned my money. Why don't you try it?" Sanders earlier could be heard questioning Neal's attitude. But Sanders said he would not comment about the argument and said simply, "I had a bad game." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Bucks teammates did their best to downplay what was an ugly scene in the visitors' locker room. "Oh no, we're good," Bucks guard O.J. Mayo said. "A little team bonding, that's all. A little kumbaya, man. "It's all good. When things aren't going well, that's when the real men reveal their true colors. Are you a grinder? Are you going to roll your sleeves up and get it done? "People handle it different ways. We're searching what do we need to do to get it going." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Knight downplayed the incident in the locker room. "It happens, especially when a team is struggling, even when a team is doing well," Knight said. "It may get heated sometimes, but what happened in here is nothing. "It's guys talking about how we can improve. If we don't address it, we'll never improve. It may involve calling a teammate out. "That's holding each other accountable. And that's what all good teams do. I didn't see today as bickering." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

December 12, 2013 Updates

In the wake of the Spurs' loss to Miami in the NBA Finals, the Spurs extended Neal — a restricted free agent — a qualifying offer worth $1.116 million. Neal instead signed a two-year deal with Milwaukee worth $7.5 million. “I figured after three years, the Spurs benefitted me, and I benefitted the Spurs,” Neal said. “But it's a business. I kind of knew after Game 7 in the Finals, unless I signed a qualifying offer, I wouldn't be back.” San Antonio Express-News

It was the Spurs, after all, who gave Neal a shot as a 26-year-old undrafted free agent in 2010. In the end, Neal said he believes he received a fair shake from coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford. “I have no complaints,” Neal said. Neal, now 29, averaged 9.7 points in 21.4 minutes per game with the Spurs. He will long be remembered in San Antonio for his 24-point outing in Game 3 against Miami last season and the buzzer-beating 3-pointer that extended the Spurs' ill-fated series with Memphis in 2011. “If not for me, they could have found another guy one of those summers to shoot 40 percent from three,” Neal said. “I thank Coach Pop a thousand times for that.” San Antonio Express-News

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Marc Stein: Hearing: San Antonio in process of withdrawing qualifying offer to Gary Neal, making Neal an unrestricted free agent and sure to speed exit Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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