The Atlanta Hawks are keeping a close eye on Gary Neal's situation in Minnesota according to a report by SI.com's Chris Mannix.
Gary Neal continues to prefer a trade/buyout in Minnesota, and talks between the Wolves and Neal's camp are ongoing. ATL watching closely.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) February 18, 2015
Neal was traded by the Charlotte Hornets to the Timberwolves in exchange for Mo Williams and Troy Daniels earlier this month. Neal spent three seasons in San Antonio with Mike Budenholzer before signing with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013. He was dealt to Charlotte last season.
Neal appeared in 43 games with the Hornets this season and is averaging 9.6 points on 36 percent shooting. He's connected on just 29 percent of his three-point attempts but is a career 38 percent shooter from beyond-the-arc. His familiarity with Budenholzer's system makes him an interesting target but its hard to see a lot of value here unless Atlanta thinks that Neal can bounce back from what has been a tough season shooting the basketball.
Atlanta is rumored to be shopping John Jenkins as well and Neal could be a potential replacement for Jenkins as an emergency guard option.