Neal's 10-day contract with the Hawks expired on Friday, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Neal made two appearances with the Hawks during his 10-day deal with the club, averaging 2.0 points in 9.0 minutes per outing. The Hawks apparently weren't impressed enough with Neal's performance, so rather than inking him to another 10-day deal, they signed Lamar Patterson to add some depth in the backcourt. Neal will likely head back to the D-League as he awaits another call back to the NBA.
Neal will be inactive for Friday's contests against the Wizards, Chris Vivlamore of AJC.com reports. This doesn't come as much of a surprise, since Neal is 32-years-old and would be taking playing time from younger, healthier players in the Hawks' loaded backcourt. He'll likely only see playing time in the event of an injury to another backcourt player.
Neal provided four points (0-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), one rebound and one assist across 13 minutes during a 118-95 loss to the Pistons on Wednesday. Neal made his season debut for the Hawks after signing a 10-day contract with the team earlier in the day. He received immediate playing time as the team got blown out, and secured all of his point from free throws. Every member of the Hawks got playing time in the loss, and with the amount of depth the team has at guard, Neal will likely not be getting a lot of minutes going forward.
Neal signed a 10-day contract with the Hawks on Wednesday, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. After starting his career out with three straight seasons in San Antonio, Neal has bounced around the league since, spending time with the Bucks, Hornets, Timberwolves and Wizards over the last three seasons. Most recently with the Wizards during the 2015-16 campaign, he averaged 9.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 40 games, which included a pair of starts. Harris underwent surgery on his hip back in April of last year, but appears to be at full strength and should jump in as a depth option at shooting guard behind the likes of Kent Bazemore, Tim Hardaway and Mike Dunleavy. Neal likely won't be a part of the Hawks regular rotation, however, thus keeping him off the fantasy radar.
Neal worked out with the Hawks earlier this week and is a strong candidate to receive a 10-day contract, Marc Stein of ESPN reports. After getting surgery to deal with a thigh issue and being waived by the Wizards last season, Neal is apparently looking well and may end up signing a 10-day contract with the Hawks. The 32-year-old guard saw 20.2 minutes per game with the Wizards last year and averaged 10.1 points on 37.4 percent shooting, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per contest. He could make for a strong veteran presence for the Hawks, who are hoping to do some damage in the playoffs.
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