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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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Kelly Oubre turns into 'Spooky Papi' ahead of home-opener vs. Heat

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Kelly Oubre turns into 'Spooky Papi' ahead of home-opener vs. Heat

As the weather in Washington, D.C. drops below 60 degrees, most athletes typically arrive at their games in sweatsuits for comfort or suits for luxury. 

Kelly Oubre, on the other hand, is going full gothic for the Washington Wizards' home-opener against the Miami Heat. Oubre is the self-proclaimed "Wave Papi," but tonight he is giving off a vampire-slayer vibe.

Maybe he didn't get the memo that Halloween is roughly two weeks from now.

For the sake of it still being October, let's call him "Spooky Papi."

His black belts and buckles match his rockstar lifestyle, but the bloody, disfigured skull accessory is one of the most ridiculous things we've seen at Capital One Arena. Ever. 

Maybe there's a hidden meaning to it all, or maybe it's just yet another in a long line of Kelly Oubre fashion statements. 

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Dwight Howard ruled out for Wizards' season opener vs. Miami

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Dwight Howard ruled out for Wizards' season opener vs. Miami

Dwight Howard will not play in the Washington Wizards' season opener against the Miami Heat, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller has confirmed. The news was first reported by Chris Haynes.

Ian Mahinmi will start in his place as he did for a majority of the preseason. 

Howard, an eight-time All-Star, has been dealing with a butt-injury ever since joining Washington this summer. This resulted in him missing all of the team's preseason matchups. He only has practiced with the team for a couple of days this week

Earlier on Thursday morning, Howard was listed as questionable for this matchup.

Based on his absence during the preseason and limited work with the Wizards, Howard being out is not too surprising. If he would have played it likely would have been for limited minutes off of the bench. 

Best-case for the Wizards is to rest Howard who has only missed 20 regular season games in the previous three seasons. 

Howard is not that far off from starting his 15th season in the NBA. On Wednesday Scott Brooks said that Howard will travel on the first road trip with the team to the West Coast starting on Monday. 

This story is developing and will updated as more information becomes available. 

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