Free-agent guard Gary Neal has agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Washington Wizards, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Neal, 30, had been pursuing the chance to return to a contender, and as a Baltimore native, the Wizards offer a chance to return closer to home.
Washington is reshaping its roster with the addition of Neal and forward Jared Dudley – and now await the decision of free-agent forward David West. The Wizards used their bi-annual exception to sign Neal, and have their full mid-level exception starting at $5.4 million available for West.
Neal had his most productive years with the San Antonio Spurs and hopes to re-establish his value with the Wizards next season. After spending his first four professional seasons overseas, Neal was selected to the NBA’s All-Rookie team in 2011 with San Antonio. He spent three seasons with the Spurs, before stops in Milwaukee, Charlotte and Minnesota.
Neal has averaged nearly 10 points a game in his five NBA seasons. Neal was an important part of the Spurs’ bench that helped the team advance to the 2013 NBA Finals. For the Hornets in the 2014 playoffs, Neal averaged 11.3 points per game.