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Garrett Temple
Garrett Temple
Position: C
Born: 05/05/86
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
Salary: $1,100,602
Temple’s father bought him the Avalanche when he was in his second year in Baton Rouge in January 2007. His mom suggested he opt for the leather interior, but Temple chose the lowest-level model with cloth because it was cheaper. Two LSU teammates also owned an Avalanche so he fit in. That changed in the NBA. “You got Bentleys driving up,” the 28-year-old Temple said. “You see drop-tops. You see Ferraris and all this stuff. But I was good.”
Temple’s availability will be welcomed – he’s one of the team’s top perimeter defenders – but this story isn’t about his on-court contribution. This story is about his recent car purchase. NBA players, like most young people with money, spend lavishly and cars are usually atop the shopping list. But until a few weeks ago, Temple’s ride was a no-frills navy blue 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche. After eight years and 93,000 miles, Temple finally replaced the SUV, known as the Blue Beast on campus when he attended LSU, with a Mercedes Benz S63 AMG. “I feel guilty driving it still,” Temple admitted.
While teammates are gearing up for the playoffs, Temple is dealing with a setback. The combo guard was on pace to return from a strained right hamstring before the end of the regular season, but said Sunday he re-aggravated the injury at practice Tuesday and may not play again this season. The plan was for Temple, 28, to return from his strained hamstring injury Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks or Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers at the latest, but that is no longer a possibility. The injury will set him back at least another two weeks and his postseason status is uncertain.
Redskins teammates Robert Griffin III, Niles Paul and Ryan Kerrigan, as well as members of the Wizards, Capitals, Mystics and D.C. United, are scheduled to attend Monday’s White House Easter Egg Roll. The Wizards and Mystics contingent, including John Wall, Garrett Temple and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt, prepared for the event Friday by taking First Lady Michelle Obama’s #GimmeFive Challenge. Wall posted an Instagram of the trio and the Wizards Girls doing the #GimmeFive dance to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ campaign.
Garrett Temple, who strained his right hamstring in a win over the Charlotte Hornets on March 9, began running and participating in drills this week and said he is at “80 percent.” The plan is to return in time for the Washington Wizards’ final couple regular season games, which pegs him for a return either on April 12 against the Atlanta Hawks or April 14 against the Indiana Pacers.
“You want guys that are not knuckleheads,” said Temple, who is the Wizards’ representative for the players’ union. “You want guys that are going to be great locker-room guys. I’m not saying that people that drink or smoke are knuckleheads but that clean image definitely goes a long way and that’s a personal preference. I don’t judge anybody that does it. But I think it has helped.”
The Wizards re-signed Temple over the summer as an end-of-the bench defensive option and a positive off-court presence. Temple doesn’t smoke or drink. He doesn’t have a tattoo or earrings. He explained he takes after his father, Collis Temple Jr., who was the first African American to play basketball at LSU in 1971, and two brothers, both of whom also played at LSU. “I’m the life of the party sober,” Temple said. “And in terms of tattoos, people started getting tattoos to be different and now everybody has tattoos. So I pride myself on being unique in terms of not having them and that’s basically it.”
Temple is a slightly different case. There still is “mutual interest” on both sides, CSN was told two weeks ago and again Sunday night by another person with knowledge of the situation. He only averaged 1.8 points but appeared in 75 games, but coach Randy Wittman values his locker room presence, work ethic and Temple’s acceptance of his role. He was logging more minutes per game as a reserve until the Wizards acquired Andre Miller on Feb. 20 in a trade, which in turn relegated Temple to spot duty.
While the Wizards enter Monday with two key decisions on their hands — whether or not to extend qualifying offers to Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin so they remain restricted before free agency opens Tuesday — they’re likely to bring back Garrett Temple and haven’t ruled out re-signing Chris Singleton, three people with knowledge of the situation have confirmed with CSN Washington.
The Wizards have made enough roster adjustments that it begs the question: Where does Garrett Temple fit in? The 6-6 guard, who re-signed as a free agent to a one-year deal at just less than $1 million, is competing with Eric Maynor and rookie Glen Rice for backup spots in the backcourt. He gives the Wizards a uniquely different look because of his length and defensive prowess. “Honestly, I don’t think much is going to change. Me and my agent talked to (president) Ernie (Grunfeld) before I signed. He said I’m basically in the same position as last year,” Temple said. “I’m gonna push for that second spot behind John (Wall). They brought in Eric who is a good point guard who can back up John. I’m also going to be looking for that second spot behind Brad (Beal) being a defender. The main thing is still my versatility being able to guard point guards, (shooting) guards and small forwards if need be.”
Garrett Temple finally has the job security he has craved since bouncing in and out of the NBA in 2009 and the Wizards have wrapped up their free-agency rush in three days. Wednesday, Temple agreed to a one-year deal worth just less than $1 million, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to CSN Washington. Temple, who went undrafted out of LSU in 2009, has played on 10-day contracts on eight different occasions.