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Bucks sign Neal to two-year deal

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The Milwaukee Bucks agreed to a two-year deal with free agent guard Gary Neal.

Neal opted to sign with Milwaukee over the Atlanta Hawks, the team that likely put the Bucks in the market for another guard. Milwaukee attempted to sign point guard Jeff Teague away from the Hawks, but Atlanta matched the Bucks' four-year, $28 million offer sheet to retain the starter.

Neal became an unrestricted free agent when San Antonio withdrew its qualifying offer to Neal earlier this month.

Neal, undrafted out of Towson, has averaged just under 10 points per game for his career. He averaged 9.5 points in 68 games last season.

The highlight of his NBA career to date was a 24-point outburst during the 2013 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat.

Milwaukee signed O.J. Mayo in free agency, acquired Luke Ridnour from the Minnesota Timberwolves and has retained the rights to Brandon Jennings, a restricted free agent, by making him a qualifying offer. However, negotiations toward a long-term deal haven't been fruitful. Jennings started in a backcourt last season that featured Monta Ellis; Ellis signed with the Dallas Mavericks as an unrestricted free agent.
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