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Report: Several playoff teams, including Hawks, trying to trade for Gary Neal

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ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 20: Gary Neal #12 of the Charlotte Hornets drives against the Atlanta Hawks on October 20, 2014 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Gary Neal just got traded to the Timberwolves, but he might not be long for Minnesota.

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Neal is a decent reserve scoring guard, but there’s a reason the Hornets dealt him to upgrade. He’s weak defensively, and his shooting has left him this season.

Maybe he’d help a playoff team, which could put him in the right – limited – role. But it’s probably not worth giving up a draft pick for him when the Timberwolves might buy him out.

Sure, that’d leave open the chance he chooses another team as a free agent, but I think that’s a chance worth taking.