Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Despite his intermittent bursts of stardom, Gary Neal remains on my personal Spurs trading block and should eventually find his way onto the team's real one.
Like Joseph, Neal is a member of the overfilled backcourt. This issue remains a large one, with young guards failing to receive a consistent role due to others constantly poking at their positions.
However, unlike Joseph, Neal has squirmed his way to the front end of the rotation, currently backing up Tony Parker as a point guard.
Despite this role, Neal is not a true point guard, and remains an awkward mix between the two guard positions. He is a much better shooter than passer, and while his size may suggest his passing skills are elite, he struggles often when running the offense.
Meanwhile, Patty Mills remains a legitimate backup point guard, and can succeed Neal's duties should he be dealt. His bench production can also be matched, as the team features several other productive reserves that could take his place.
His stock is high, and should other teams inquire about him, Neal may very well be dealt to give other players an opportunity, while also providing the team with whatever benefits they require in return.