NBA Rumor: Garrett Temple Free Agency

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Garrett Temple wants to return to Bulls next season

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.”

“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.”

Nets to decline option on Garrett Temple?

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.

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.

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.
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