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Wall, Beal join old teammate and lifelong friend Garrett Temple

Wall, Beal join old teammate and lifelong friend Garrett Temple

LAS VEGAS –- It looked like old times as John Wall, Bradley Beal and Garrett Temple sat next to each other during the Wizards’ third summer league game Tuesday – but one was no longer a teammate.

Temple signed a three-year deal with the Sacramento Kings worth $24 million, with a player option for the final season. In one year, he’ll earn more than he had in his entire career as he played on a series of 10-day deals and minimum contracts. He spent the last four years in Washington as a utility guard off the bench though he had to make a lot of starts (97) because of injuries to Wall and Beal.

“The Wizards were the first team that gave me an actual NBA home, something I’m going to always hold in high regard to get me back into the league,” said Temple, who bounced around from the Houston Rockets in 2009 to the Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets until sticking in D.C. “I talked to Ernie and I just thanked him for allowing me to get back in the NBA. It’s a business. Sacramento came in and showed interest from the get-go. I’m happy to go to a team that really values me.”


The Kings haven’t won more than 33 games in a season with DeMarcus Cousins, but they’ve added a lot of veterans to help change the directon. Anthony Tolliver, Arron Afflalo and Matt Barnes will join Temple.

“I’m excited to see these guys and see what type of culture we’re going to start in Sacramento,” he said. “You add that to the best center in the league and hopefully that’s makes for a great season.”

Temple, however, was here watching the Wizarrds in a competitive game with the Brooklyn Nets. And he couldn't have had better company.

"The four years I spent with these guys, we’re going to be friends for life," Temple said. "John was probably the first guy to reach out to me when it happened. Brad was a close second. It’s a mutual respect between all of us. It’s more than former teammates. It’s long-term friends."

The new look of the locker room will be different for Beal. He'll be missing his closest friend.

"With every player there’s always something you miss, whether it’s a personal relationship off the court or as a great teammate on the court. Like Temp, he got a great deal with Sac (ramento)," Beal said. "I couldn’t be more happy for him. I’m mad because that was my guy when I came in from Day 1 who was with me but at the end of the day it’s business. He has a life just like I do."

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.


Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."


Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!