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.
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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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June 21, 2018 | 11:39 am EDT Update
Two days ahead of the NBA Draft, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich finally got a meeting with disgruntled star forward Kawhi Leonard in Southern California, hoping to open a line of communication that will lead to Leonard backing off the trade demand he lodged with the team last week. That drama figures to overshadow Thursday’s draft. But executives around the league say it’s near impossible that the Spurs and Leonard can work out their differences in time for the draft, which would leave San Antonio — which owns the No. 18 pick — in limbo as the team makes its selection. Ideally, the Spurs would have a clear view on Leonard’s future so that they could acquire more picks in this draft.
That complication is going to make trade talks extremely difficult for the Spurs before Thursday’s draft. “They are not going to want to rush something like that,” one general manager told Sporting News. “The teams they’re dealing with are looking at too much uncertainty, and that’s got to drive down the price they’re willing to pay. The Spurs will have a hard time getting fair value for him, but you’d rather get quarters on the dollar than pennies on the dollar.”
Additionally, some of the trade scenarios that have been floated for Leonard, both executives noted, have been too generous to the Spurs. “No one is going to make an even trade here,” the general manager said. “If San Antonio has to do this, they’re dealing from a position of weakness. The only thing they will be able to do is not be too weak here.”
After being a member of the Milwaukee Bucks since 2014, where he arrived from the Nets together with coach Jason Kidd (photo) Sean Sweeney is leaving for the Detroit Pistons. According to sources close to the negotiations, Sweeney has a multiyear deal with Detroit in order to become a member of newly hired coach Dwane Casey’s staff.
June 21, 2018 | 11:00 am EDT Update
Hapoel Jerusalem reached an agreement for the return of Amar’e Stoudemire to the team, as reported by Sport5. Before finalizing the contract, Jerusalem is waiting to see how the roster will be build. The idea of Jerusalem is have a core of young players to put around Stoudemire.
Adrian Wojnarowski: A sprained left ankle has limited 7-footer Mitchell Robinson to only jump shooting in recent workouts, sources tell ESPN. He will be back to full strength soon. He’s the 28th-rated prospect in the ESPN Top 100.
Is there an NBA player that you’ve reached out to for guidance? Lonnie Walker: De’Aaron Fox. He’s just giving me an ideal visual of how hard it is — the mental game, how much that involves, his perspective. So having De’Aaron around has definitely helped me out since I’m going through what he just went through last year.