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Wizards lose Garrett Temple to Kings on a $24 million deal

Wizards lose Garrett Temple to Kings on a $24 million deal

Garrett Temple has a new home, leaving the Wizards after four seasons, to join the Sacramento Kings after he agreed to terms on a three-year, $24 million deal, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com on Sunday. The deal is fully guaranteed with a player option in the final year.

Temple, entering his seventh season, averaged a career-high 7.3 points and shot 34.5% from three-point range in 2015-16. He joins Jared Dudley as a free agent that the Wizards had interest in retaining but ultimately let walk. Going into the offseason, there was an anticipation that Temple would be priced out of range for Washington.

He had to start 43 games, also a career-high, because of multiple injuries to starter Bradley Beal at shooting guard and had a series of 20-plus point games for the first time. At 6-6, he can defend both guard positions. He’s more effective in the open court, also.

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Temple had bounced around the NBA, D-League and Europe before finding a home with Washington and usually is a defensive option off the bench with his 6-6 frame. He also can help handle the ball to relief pressure in the backcourt though ideally he’s better spotting up in the corners for open looks off the ball.

Temple had played for the veteran minimum each season and is coming off his first multi-year deal that paid him just more than $1 million. He'd previously played on a series of 10-day contracts

Before latching on with the Wizards, Temple was with the Miami Heat and was a favorite of coach Erik Spoelstra. President Pat Riley, however, made the decision to release him just before the tip of the 2012-13 regular season.

A few months later, Temple played his way onto the Wizards. It was Beal’s rookie season and because of injuries to the shooting guard and John Wall, Temple started 36 games.

When free agency opened, Temple was contacted, CSN was told by league sources, by the Wizards, Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Brooklyn Nets, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans.

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Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

It was a short night for Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the 2018 All-Star three-point contest on Saturday, as he was eliminated in the first round.

Wearing the Wizards' new 'The District' white alternate jersey, Beal shot a 15 and fell short of the top three spots to qualify for the second round. Suns guard Devin Booker won the contest with a 28 score in the final, beating out Klay Thompson of the Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Clippers.

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Beal's was undone by a slow start. He missed all five shots on the first rack and made just one on the second. He began to heat up at the third rack, but by then couldn't recover.

Here is Beal's full round:

This was Beal's second showing in the three-point contest. He finished second back in 2014 and this year said he was motivated to avenge that loss. He should have plenty more opportunities to participate in the future if he chooses.

The NBA's All-Star Saturday night began with Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie winning the skills competition. He beat Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen in the final round.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won the dunk contest. He edged Larry Nance, Jr. of the Cavaliers in the finals.

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

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

The 2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night is here with the three-point contest, dunk contest and skills competition 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 SATURDAY NIGHT

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

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Skills competition

Participants: Lou Williams, Clippers; Jamal Murray, Nuggets; Al Horford, Celtics; Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets; Joel Embiid, Sixers; Buddy Hield, Kings; Lauri Markkanen, Bulls; Andre Drummond, Pistons

What to know: This year's crop has a fascinating mix of guards and big men and don't sleep on the seven-footers. Embiid in particular has a unique skillset for his size. Still, it's tough to beat the guards. Watch out for Dinwiddie, who is the best passer of the bunch.

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Three-point contest

Participants: Klay Thompson, Warriors; Eric Gordon, Rockets; Devin Booker, Suns; Paul George, Thunder; Wayne Ellington, Heat; Bradley Beal, Wizards; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Tobias Harris, Clippers

What to know: Thompson and Gordon enter the contest as past champions, as Thompson won it in 2016 and Gordon took it home last year. Thompson has the best three-point percentage among the group and is the favorite, but watch out for Beal, a past runner-up, and George who has the second best percentage. Also, Booker is one of the game's best young players and has a very smooth stroke from three.

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Dunk contest

Participants: Dennis Smith Jr.; Mavericks; Donovan Mitchell, Jazz; Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers; Victor Oladipo, Pacers

What to know: This is all about the rookies, Smith and Mitchell, who most are predicting to win. Oladipo has been in the contest before, but didn't win. He's also the only All-Star of the bunch. Nance is the only guy who isn't a guard and his father won it back in 1984. It will be interesting to see if he does some sort of nod to his old man, now 34 years later.

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