Grade the deal: Wizards, guard Gary Neal agree to one-year contract
Over 54 games in 2014-15, Neal averaged 10.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 37.4% from the field.
Meanwhile, the Wizards reportedly are pursuing free-agent power forward David West.
What makes the Neal signing especially palatable for the Wizards is that they’ve already added a positionally versatile forward to fill the Paul Pierce void with their trade for Jared Dudley and will maintain their full mid-level exception (worth $5.4 million) to use in further improving their roster this summer. Neal, then, gives Washington another shooter and part-time ball handler without much in the way of opportunity cost. How he’s used will go a long way in deciding Neal’s value, though his activity off the ball and quick-fire shooting should make him a welcome accessory to John Wall’s playmaking. — Rob Mahoney
Washington uses its bi-annual exception on Neal, holding onto its full mid-level exception to offer West.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 3, 2015