That means Temple, who has played on eight different 10-day contracts in his professional career, understands the business of basketball as well as anyone. But with his one-year contract expired and free agency ahead, he hopes to have found a home in Chicago. “I could never say what’s going to happen in free agency. I can only say what I would like to happen,” Temple said via Zoom during his end-of-season exit interview with reporters. “I really enjoyed Chicago. Even with the snow, even with the pandemic, the organization from what I’ve been hearing took a turn for the better. It was great while I was here.”
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“I would love to be here and be that same veteran presence, that defender, a guy that the young guys can lean upon, Coach (Donovan) can lean upon to impart things to the team,” Temple said. “I feel like I got a few more years to play, to really compete on the court, so I would love to be back. “I don’t have a player option, the option is not mine, the choice is not mine. But once we get things together this is definitely a place I would love to come back to and finish what I think we started here in terms of being able to get to be a contender in the East.”
KC Johnson: Garrett Temple: “Hopefully I’m back next year.”
Rob Schaefer: Garrett Temple: “This is the NBA. I learned about the business early on.” Said he can’t make FA predictions but that he’s really enjoyed time in Chicago. “I would love to be here and be that same veteran presence” that young guys/coaches can lean on and “finish what we started.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Garrett Temple has agreed to a one-year, $5M deal with Chicago, agent Mark Bartelstein of @Priority Sports tells ESPN.
One other roster note for Brooklyn: several teams monitoring the free agent market expect the Nets to decline the $5 million team option on Garrett Temple for 2020-21. Things can always change between now and the date the Nets have to make the decision (some time later this month). But I’d be surprised if the Nets picked up Temple’s option. I don’t know if the decision is based on a potential Nets tax bill, but I wouldn’t assume that it is. If the Nets decline the team option on Temple, the veteran will get interest from several suitors during free agency.
Marc J. Spears: Kings guard Garrett Temple tells @TheUndefeated he will be opting in to his $8 million player option for next season.
The only veteran with a player option the Kings are still waiting to hear from is guard/forward Garrett Temple, who would make $8 million next season.
Jason Jones: After the game Garrett Temple said he hadn’t decided on whether to pick up his player option for next season but said he would be happy to return to the Kings. Liked his role this season, believes he can still play 3-4 more seasons, too. Kings love having Temple here, too.
Garrett Temple, the other King known for his defense, calls Koufos the “ultimate professional.” “He’s perfect in terms of he knows his role and just goes out and does it, no matter if he plays 15 minutes, 30 minutes,” Temple said. “He’s one of the best defensive bigs, if not the best I’ve been on a team with, knows where to be on offense in his rolling spots and hits that floater on offense.” Koufos has a player option for next season worth $8.7 million. Temple, who also has a player option for next season, is already campaigning for Koufos to return.
Some inside and outside of the Kings’ organization believe Temple would be most likely candidate to move on. He’s a solid player, due $8 million next season, and could help a lot of contending teams. But Temple, who will be 32 to start next season, might be taking a risk by walking away from guaranteed money in hopes of a bigger payday.
Temple has a player option for the final year of his contract. He can either opt in at another $8 million dollars or test the free agent market, potentially leaving Sacramento. “I can see myself finishing my career here, I can definitely see that,” Temple told NBC Sports California during The Kings Insider Podcast. “I have a great relationship with the front office. I have a great relationship with the coaching staff, the fans as well.”
Garrett Temple: It’s official folks. I’m excited to be a part of the @sacramentokings organization!!! Ready to start a new chapter in my basketball career!! #TGBTG #17
Shams Charania: Free agent guard Garrett Temple has agreed to a three-year deal with the Sacramento Kings, league source tells The Vertical.
Sam Amick: It’s a three-year, $24 million deal, I’m told. – RT: Priority Sports: Congratulations to @GTemp14 on becoming part of the @SacramentoKings. What a journey!
Sam Amick: The third year of Garrett Temple’s $24 million deal with the Kings is a player option, I’m also told.
Garrett Temple, who has spent the last four years with the Wizards and is an unrestricted free agent, could be on his way out door with more teams having expressed interest than ever before, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com on Saturday night. In addition to the Wizards who contacted Temple by the time the period open Friday, the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Atlanta Hawks have talked to the 6-6 guard via phone.
Priority Sports & Entertainment has signed Washington Wizards guards Ramon Sessions and Garrett Temple. Founder and CEO Mark Bartelstein will represent them. Temple was formerly represented by Performance Sports Management and Sessions by Allegiant Athletic Agency. “Ramon is doing well in Washington and I expect great things for him in the future,” his former agent, A3’s Jared Karnes, said in an email.
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Spencer Dinwiddie still hasn’t rejoined the Nets. After partially tearing his right ACL in December, he has been rehabbing in Los Angeles and was expected to at least meet up with his teammates at some point. Recent reports have suggested Dinwiddie could play if the Nets reach the NBA Finals — set to begin July 8 — but sources have maintained it’s unlikely.
JD Shaw: 14-year NBA veteran Amir Johnson has signed in the TBT with The Money Team, a group ran by Floyd Mayweather. Johnson has seen action in 870 NBA games and last played in 2018-19 with Philadelphia.
Utah Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell exited Saturday’s 132-106 Game 3 loss to the LA Clippers because of pain in his right ankle, but the decision for him not to return was due to the lopsided score. “I feel like I was able to go back, but no need to risk it down 16, 18 at that point,” Mitchell said. “I’ll be fine.”
Mitchell has averaged 32.3 points per game during the playoffs, including 30 point on 11-of-24 shooting in Game 3, despite dealing with persistent pain in the ankle. “It’s when I land,” Mitchell said. “It’s been just trying to manage it. I don’t really know what else to tell you; I don’t want to say too much. It was just the landing, but I’m good. I’ll be ready for Game 4.”
Jared Weiss: Donovan Mitchell: “I’m good. That’s all I got for you. I’m good. The situation happened. I felt like I was good to come back, but no need to risk it down 18. Time to rest up and get ready for the next game.”
With the game slipping away from the Jazz, Mitchell had a conversation with coach Quin Snyder. He did not return to the game, although the Utah medical staff had cleared him to return. “He’s in good shape,” Snyder said. “He could have gone back in the game, but at that point, the lead had stretched. In fact, while we were talking, I think Kawhi hit a 3. That was my decision not to put him back in at that point. The game had gotten away from us at that point, but he’s fine.”