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Why one team's interest in Garrett Temple makes sense

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Why one team's interest in Garrett Temple makes sense

Garrett Temple is on his way back to D.C. to work out at Verizon Center with some of his teammates before training camp beings, he told CSNwashington.com via phone Thursday afternoon, just as the Wizards' backup guard had his name appear in relation to the Utah Jazz.

It was news to him as he insists he hasn't heard from the Wizards or his agent, John Hamilton, about it. That doesn't mean, of course, that he won't when he gets here. Jazz beat reporter Jody Genessy of the Deseret News first floated this possibility earlier in the day:

Temple, traveling from his hometown of Baton Rouge, La., is a backup guard, mostly playing off the ball but good enough to handle it to break the pressure on John Wall, who opted into the second year of his deal in June. 

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The Jazz just lost second-year guard Dante Exum to a knee ligament tear earlier this week and are in need of depth. The Wizards, who already have Ramon Sessions and Gary Neal ahead of Temple in their rotation, have the maximum 15 guaranteed contracts for the 2015-16 regular season. They prefer to leave one spot open for flexibility going in to January when players are bought out of their deals and the trade deadline in February.

Temple admits he has a "good relationship" with Jazz coach Quin Snyder from their days in the D-League. He also knows Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey well from his brief stint with the San Antonio Spurs, too. 

Such a move could give the Wizards salary cap relief pending on the swap (sending trade exception or unguaranteed deal for Temple that could be waived without penalty). The Wizards over the cap but still under the luxury tax which is an important distinction.

Still, this is a big if. They like Temple because of the options he gives them defensively with his wingspan and ability on that end. Even if he doesn't play much, he's used in end-of-game situations or to help make key defensive stands. Plus, the really like what Temple has brought to the locker room which has been a priority during the Wizards' rebuild back to respectability.

As good as new acquisitions Jared Dudley, Alan Anderson and Gary Neal can be on offense, they may feel Temple's defense makes him worth keeping. 

Hamilton told CSNwashington.com later Thursday that he hasn't been informed by the Wizards that any such move is under consideration with Temple. This is still in the early stages. It could amount to something, or absolutely nothing. 

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The NBA All-Star pregame introductions were, uh, something

The NBA All-Star pregame introductions were, uh, something

Whoever put together the NBA All-Star Game player introductions has some 'splainin to do. 

The NBA introduced a kinda-full Staples Center to their 2018 All-Stars about an hour ago, and boy was it weird. There were a lot of dancers in different themed costumes. Kevin Hart was screaming. Rob Riggle was screaming. Ludacris showed up? Hey! Did you know that the Barenaked Ladies are still a band? The NBA would like you to know they're still around.  The whole thing was like when you're at an art museum and you're told that abstract piece in the corner is actually really meaningful but you gotta be honest, you don't get it. 

Anyways, the internet hated it. Here are some highlights from the internet hating it:

The lesson here is that you never need Kevin Hart and Rob Riggle. One will do. 

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2018 NBA All-Star Game: TV and live stream info, rosters, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Game: TV and live stream info, rosters, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Game is here with the annual showcase set for Los Angeles.

Here is all you need to know: TV and live stream info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:

2018 NBA ALL-STAR GAME

Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)

ROSTERS

TEAM LEBRON:

Coach: Dwane Casey, Raptors
LeBron James, Cavaliers
Kevin Durant, Warriors
Kyrie Irving, Celtics
Anthony Davis, Pelicans
LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs
Bradley Beal, Wizards
Goran Dragic, Heat
Andre Drummond, Pistons
Paul George, Thunder
Victor Oladipo, Pacers
Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Kemba Walker, Hornets

TEAM STEPHEN:

Coach: Mike D'Antoni, Rockets
Stephen Curry, Warriors
James Harden, Rockets
Joel Embiid, 76ers
DeMar DeRozan, Raptors
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves
Draymond Green, Warriors
Klay Thompson, Warriors
Al Horford, Celtics
Damian Lillard, Blazers
Kyle Lowry, Raptors
Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves

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Three things to watch...

New format

The NBA switched it up this season by doing away with the traditional matchup between the East and West. The teams were instead chosen by captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry, the two top vote-getters in All-Star fan voting. The idea was to breath new life into the All-Star Game and hopefully make it more competitive. The league also installed a system where the winners each get $100,000, $75,000 more than the losing team. 

All pro sports leagues struggle drawing interest with their All-Star showcases. They are always trying to get ratings up and this is the latest ploy by the NBA. The new format is definitely intriguing, but whether it will have a major impact on the competition itself is hard to tell. We'll see how the fans respond.

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Reunion time

The teams picked by James and Curry will give fans some throwback combinations with former teammates back together again. Team LeBron is full of them. James will reunite with Kyrie Irving, who essentially forced his way out of Cleveland over the summer after the two combined to reach three straight NBA Finals and win one title.

We will also see Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook play together again. They of course teamed up to win a lot of games with the Oklahoma City Thunder before Durant signed with the Warriors. Westbrook will also be reunited with Victor Oladipo, who was traded from OKC to the Pacers over the summer.

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Beal's All-Star debut

Wizards fans will of course be focused on Bradley Beal, who is making his first All-Star appearance. He is Washington's lone representative, as John Wall is still recovering from left knee surgery.

Beal may not get many minutes on a stacked roster of guys who have been in the game before. If that happens, it's probably for the best. Beal is currently fifth in the NBA in total minutes played. He needs the rest if he can get it.

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