What Former Wizards Players Around The League Would We Love to See in DC Again?

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No. 3 Garrett Temple, G/F, Memphis Grizzlies

When Garrett Temple left the Wizards after the 2015-2016 season, it was hard to see him go. Temple had worked himself into a very solid NBA player in his four years in Washington after a nomadic start to his professional career: In his first two seasons in the NBA, he played for six different franchises and then played in Italy for a season before making his way back stateside with the Wizards. He left DC after earning himself a big contract from the Sacramento Kings (3 years at $24 million) and was shipped off the Memphis this past summer, where he’s playing out the final year of his deal.

Like Mack, Temple is having one of his best seasons ever in Memphis. He has started every game for the Grizzlies, putting up 10.5 points per game on 44 percent shooting, both career highs. He’s emerged as one of the “good guys” in the league thanks to his work ethic, defense, and positive impact on the court.

Temple would immediately be a welcomed presence for the Wizards. He could do what Dudley would do in terms of veteran leadership but with more much production. Heck, even as a member of the Grizzlies, Temple tried to help smooth out tensions with the Wizards when they played earlier this season, taking Bradley Beal aside and encouraging him to keep his head up. Imagine having that around for the whole season.

For a team that hardly looks like it wants to stick together, a glue guy like Temple could work wonders.