Gary Neal SG CHA 5 Days

Neal scored 20 points (5-9 FG, 0-2 3P, 10-10 FT) with three rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's preseason loss to the Pistons.

The work he put in this offseason to get slimmer and quicker paid off Wednesday, as Neal was able to attack the basket and get to the line almost at will. He's always been a great free throw shooter, converting at almost 90% last season, so if he add some free throw volume to his offensive arsenal he should easily be able to establish a new career scoring high.

Gary Neal SG CHA 25 Days

Neal has lost 22 pounds during the offseason, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Neal was listed at 210 pounds heading into last season, so he'll play at around 190 in 2014-15. The veteran figures to be lighter on his feet, which theoretically should help improve his perimeter defense, which is already formidable.

Gary Neal SG CHA 6 Months

Gary Neal played 28 minutes off the bench against the Heat on Sunday, scoring 17 points with three boards and two 3-pointers.

He ate into Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's playing time, which is not really a surprise. MKG doesn't bring much on the offensive end and didn't score in the first half before putting in five after halftime, so this probably going to be a trend in this series.

Gary Neal SG CHA 6 Months

Gary Neal hit 5-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer off the bench for 16 points, four rebounds and four assists in Wednesday's overtime win against the Wizards.

Neal has had some games like this at times this season, but simply isn't reliable enough to put into your lineup as long as he's coming off the bench. Kemba Walker was struggling with his shot tonight, hitting just 6-of-21 for 17 points and 12 assists, so Neal may have seen a few more minutes than normal. The Bobcats moved up to the No. 6 seed with the win, led by Al Jefferson's typically strong line of 20 points and 18 boards.

Gary Neal SG CHA 7 Months

Gary Neal returned on Monday vs. the Wizards with nine points, six boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

He suffered knee and ankle injuries over the past week and was right back at his 21.2 minutes per game. Neal was hot before going down, but Chris Douglas-Roberts has played well enough to take some minutes out of Neal's allotment. He can be left alone in most formats.

Gary Neal SG CHA 7 Months

Gary Neal (knee, ankle) will play against the Wizards on Monday.

He's been expected to play since Sunday and the news became official today. Neal was playing well before his knee issue, but he'll likely have to give some of his work to Chris Douglas-Roberts tonight. The two kind of cancel each other out for most fantasy owners.

Gary Neal SG CHA 7 Months

Gary Neal (knee) stated that he felt fine at the end of Sunday's practice and expects to suit up for Monday's game vs. the Wizards.

Nothing is official just yet, but things are looking positive for Neal. He doesn't offer much outside of points and 3-pointers, but if you're looking for a spot-start to bolster those categories, Neal could be your guy.

Gary Neal SG CHA 7 Months

The Bobcats are shutting down Gary Neal (knee) until his knee and ankle injuries improve.

It is unclear exactly how long Neal will be shut down for, but coach Steve Clifford had previously said the guard could miss two or three games. Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 16 points in 26 minutes during Wednesday's win over Brooklyn and makes for a decent pick up in deeper leagues while Neal is out.

Gary Neal SG CHA 7 Months

Gary Neal will not play against the Nets on Wednesday due to ankle and knee issues.

Coach Steve Clifford added Neal could miss 2-3 games. Neal had a sore knee heading into Monday's game and perhaps it held him back in a scoreless game vs. the Rockets. With Neal out, Chris Douglas-Roberts figures to be the primary weapon off the bench.

Gary Neal SG CHA 7 Months

Gary Neal (knee) did not make any of his eight shots against the Rockets on Monday.

He had just one board and one turnover in this loss. Neal suffered a minor knee injury over the weekend, but it likely didn't affect him with 15 minutes. He should have better luck against the Nets on Wednesday night.