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.
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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