The Atlanta Hawks have an open roster spot to work with but a pair of their anticipated targets may not be available.
Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves have no intention of buying out guard Gary Neal who made his debut for the team in Friday's win over the Suns.
The Muhammad injury didn't have real impact on decision, but Minnesota has no plans to buyout contract on Gary Neal, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 22, 2015
Atlanta was one of several playoff teams with reported interest in Neal who has ties to head coach Mike Budenholzer from his days in San Antonio. Minnesota was reportedly looking for a second-round pick for Neal at the trade deadline but teams were reluctant to go that route.
Another potential target may not suit up at all this season. Wojnarowski also reports that teams are starting to believe that free agent guard Ray Allen won't return to the court this season. Allen was supposed to make a decision shortly after the All-Star break but has still had not decided if he wants to play or not. Many of the top teams in the league had shown interest in Allen but have started to look elsewhere due to the lack of eagerness shown by Allen.