|23rd September, 2007||Turkey||Signed a one year contract with Pinar Karsiyaka.|
|3rd February, 2008||Turkey||Left Pinar Karsiyaka.|
|4th February, 2008||Spain||Signed for the remainder of the season with Barcelona.|
|20th June, 2008||Italy||Signed a two year contract with Benetton Treviso.|
|6th April, 2010||Italy||Left Benetton Treviso.|
|6th April, 2010||Spain||Signed for the remainder of the season with Unicaja Malaga.|
|22nd July, 2010||NBA||Signed a partially guaranteed three year contract with San Antonio, for $565,000 in the first season and the final two seasons at the minimum salary.|
|2nd January, 2012||D-League||Assigned by San Antonio to Austin Toros of the D-League.|
|3rd January, 2012||D-League||Recalled by San Antonio from Austin Toros of the D-League.|
|30th July, 2013||NBA||Signed a two year, $6.5 million contract with Milwaukee.|
|20th February, 2014||NBA||Traded by Milwaukee, along with Luke Ridnour, to Charlotte in exchange for Jeff Adrien and Ramon Sessions.|
|10th February, 2015||NBA||Traded by Charlotte, along with a 2019 second round pick, to Minnesota in exchange for Mo Williams, Troy Daniels and cash.|
|9th July, 2015||NBA||Signed a one year, $2,139,000 contract with Washington.|
|9th March, 2016||NBA||Waived by Washington.|
|16th December, 2016||D-League||Acquired by Westchester Knicks.|
|2nd January, 2017||D-League||Traded by Westchester Knicks to Texas Legends in exchange for a third round pick.|
|18th January, 2017||NBA||Signed a 10 day contract with Atlanta.|
|30th January, 2017||D-League||Designated as a returning player by Texas Legends.|
|30th January, 2017||D-League||Traded by Texas Legends to Reno Bighorns in exchange for a fourth round pick.|
|23rd September, 2017||Spain||Signed a one year contract with Zaragoza.|
|2002 - 2004||La Salle (NCAA)|
|2004 - 2007||Towson (NCAA)|
|September 2007 - February 2008||Pinar Karsiyaka (Turkey)|
|February 2008 - June 2008||Barcelona (Spain)|
|June 2008 - April 2010||Benetton Treviso (Italy)|
|April 2010 - June 2010||Unicaja Malaga (Spain)|
|July 2010||San Antonio Spurs (Summer League)|
|July 2010 - June 2013||San Antonio Spurs (NBA)|
|July 2013 - February 2014||Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)|
|February 2014 - February 2015||Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets (NBA)|
|February 2015 - June 2015||Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)|
|July 2015 - March 2016||Washington Wizards (NBA)|
|December 2016 - January 2017||Westchester Knicks (D-League)|
|January 2017||Texas Legends (D-League)|
|January 2017||Atlanta Hawks (NBA)|
|January 2017||Texas Legends (D-League)|
|January 2017 - June 2017||Reno Bighorns (D-League)|
|September 2017 - present||Zaragoza (Spain)|
September 30, 2013
Zaza Pachulia, Carlos Delfino and Gary Neal – Milwaukee Bucks
This trio represents the most non-sensical summer of all. Milwaukee disbanded its previous fringe playoff team only to immediately invest $11.7 million guaranteed for each of the next two seasons in these three upside-less veteran backups. Whilst all three contracts could ideally be 25% smaller, no one is bad in a vacuum, but this is not the point. The point is that there is no point.
The Bucks spent $5.2 million on Pachulia this year to back up Larry Sanders. To put this into some context, the Philadelphia 76ers have spent $5,074,671 in salary cap space combined on acquiring all of Royce White, Tony Wroten, James Anderson, Tim Ohlbhrect, Rodney Williams and the rights to Furkan Aldemir, plus $1.7 million in cash.
There is a good chance that none of those six players ends up having a career equal to that of Pachulia, a quality backup for several years now. Aldemir probably has the best chance of it. However, we are talking merely about a backup calibre player on a lottery team. Why wouldn’t you give yourself six chances to find out?
October 6, 2010
As good as Kirk Penney is, Gary Neal has a guaranteed contract, and is too similar for the Spurs to need both.
July 13, 2010
Former La Salle and Towson guard Gary Neal is a surprising inclusion on this list, mainly because it's his first time on such a thing. The 26 year old guard has long had NBA talent, yet this is his first attempt at the NBA in any form. Neal has been playing at the upper echelons of European basketball, spending a year and a half at Benetton Treviso and moving to Euroleague team Unicaja Malaga for the stretch run. (There was a reason for his departure from Benetton, however, one which involves former Pistons guard Alex Acker.) The 6'4 guard is a scoring machine, and led SerieA in points per game last season (19.4) whilst also ranking second in the Eurocup (19.3). He can shoot, drive and create off the bounce, and also chips in with some athleticism and rebounding. But he won't defend.
Gary Neal fact: Gary Neal was kicked out of La Salle for violating the school's "morality rules". Neal and a team mate were alleged to have had with a girl who was puking in the sink at a party; the woman later accused them of rape. The two were acquitted, but were kicked out of school; the school believed that what was heard in the court testimony was against their every principle. On the plus side, this gave Neal the opportunity to become only the third player in NCAA history to score at least 1000 points at two different schools. The others were Kenny Battle and Jon Manning.
April 11, 2010
- Gary Neal
Gary Neal was spending his second season with Benetton Treviso, and was leading Serie A in scoring with a 19.4 points per game average. I say "was" for a reason; Benetton released Neal last week. They did this because two weeks ago, Neal went out and got absolutely smashed with Armani Jeans Milano guard Alex Acker, and was subsequently too ill to play in Benetton's next game. Benetton did not take too kindly to a player missing a game for this reason, and they took action. Swift and decisive action. (Neal landed on his feet, signing with Unicaja Malaga in Spain's ACB a matter of days later. But Acker was waived by Milano later the same week. Was this partly the reason why? Could not say.)
In Neal's half-arsed defense, the game in question was against Martos Napoli. Napoli's "struggles" this season - if you can call a catastrophic implosion of a sports franchise that - have been well documented on this site before, and if you're not familiar with them then I implore you to read up on them. Benetton didn't need Gary Neal to beat Napoli; they didn't need anybody to beat Napoli. Even without Neal, Benetton won 169 to 29, Napoli's worst defeat thus far in a season full of history-makingly-awful losses. But that's hardly the point. Neal was unprofessional and not able to play, which is not what they were paying him for. The team could have downplayed it so as to not lose arguably their best player. But they didn't. They took a stand for their virtues. So they cut him.
Hedo Turkoglu, Bryan Colangelo and MLSE, take note. This is how it's done.