HoopsHype Gary Neal rumors

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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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They also want to add a third point guard to give them the option of starting a two-point-guard-alignment of Raymond Felton and Prigioni. Their latest failure was trying to woo Gary Neal, a source said. New York Post

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