Well that escalated quickly.
According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the Bucks will try everything in their power to find a new home for Gary Neal before the February 20th deadline. The backup combo guard who signed with Milwaukee this past summer is averaging 10.4 points with Milwaukee this season, but has battled plantar fasciitis and inconsistent minutes since the season started.
This news comes on the heels of multiple reports that Neal and teammate Larry Sanders had some choice words for each other after Saturday's defeat at the hands of the Phoenix Suns. After the doors were opened for the press to enter the locker room, Neal was seen leaving while still hurling profanities towards Sanders and shouting, "I earned my money. Why don't you try it?" Coach Larry Drew said tonight that things had gotten back to level since the exchange, but it's hard to imagine things went to back to being all smiles.
As is the case with most Bucks players the fans would deem "expendable," the return for Neal is probably not going to be anything worth running through the streets over. Neal does have value in the sense that he can provide a skill to a contender (everyone could use a shooter off the bench), but those playoff teams that may come calling presumably aren't going to be willing to part with anything of value. That's not to say that a deal won't be had; it just is pretty unlikely that the return package is going to be of greater use to the Bucks than Neal already was.