The Milwaukee Bucks have moved to sign free agent guard Gary Neal after his departure from the San Antonio Spurs.
Neal, who averaged 9.7 points and 1.7 assists during a three-year stint with the Spurs, has reportedly been handed a two-year contract worth approximately $6 million.
The Bucks, who claimed eighth seed in the Eastern Conference last season before being beaten 4-0 in the first round of the playoffs by eventual champions Miami Heat, have been one of the league’s busier teams during the current off-season.
Last season’s starting backcourt duo, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, have both departed, the former via a reported sign-and-trade deal with the Detroit Pistons and Ellis to the Dallas Mavericks as an unrestricted free agent.
The Bucks also lost sharpshooter JJ Redick to the Los Angeles Clippers in a three-team deal that also involved the Phoenix Suns while former Maverick O.J Mayo has arrived along with Pistons third-year point guard Brandon Knight. Point guard Luke Ridnour has also been drafted in from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In addition to Neal, the Bucks have also signed first-round draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo, who averaged 9.5 points and 5.0 rebounds for Greek second division outfit Filathlitikos last season.
Forward Antetokounmpo, who was selected with the 15th overall pick of this summer’s draft, is unlikely to feature prominently during the forthcoming season but remains an extremely intriguing prospect.
With the size of a forward but with the ball-handling skills of a guard, he has drawn comparisons with Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant.
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