The Washington Wizards want to build continuity following a run to the semi-finals in the NBA Playoffs, and even though their primary concern was retaining the core pieces, they also want to re-sign some of the team’s veterans.
Garrett Temple, who joined the team in the 2012-2013 NBA season after a stint in the NBA Developmental League, received a guaranteed contract with the Wizards after showing his skills on the defensive side of the floor and unselfishness with the ball, but it looks like he’ll stick around with the Wizards even longer.
According to Marc J. Spears, Garrett Temple has agreed to a two-year deal with the Washington Wizards, with a second year player option.
Garrett Temple agreed to re-sign with Wizards on 2-year min deal with a player option in the 2nd season, his agent John Hamilton told Yahoo.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 18, 2014
There were prior reports that suggested that Garrett Temple was leaning towards signing with the Miami Heat, but it looks like he’ll be back with the Wizards for slightly over $2 million for two seasons.
Garrett Temple became the Wizards’ backup point guard after Eric Maynor failed to take advantage of his opportunity, and the second unit played much better as a result. Temple isn’t the greatest offensive player, but his skills defensively fit the Wizards’ system and he’s demonstrated professionalism off the court.
Temple lost his backup point guard spot after Washington acquired Andre Miller in a trade with the Denver Nuggets, but his versatility will allow him to play both guard positions. At this point, the Wizards could use a combo-guard off the bench and Garrett Temple doesn’t seem to mind playing the “veteran” role, which means that he’ll likely continue to be used sparingly throughout the season. Basically, it’s no surprise that Garrett Temple will be back.
Welcome back, G-Temp.