• For the past two seasons Garrett Temple has been a valuable asset for the Kings. He’s done the work that may not necessarily show up in the box score, but is needed for a team to be successful.

    In both of his seasons for Sacramento, Temple played 65 games. His averages last year were slightly higher than those the year before as he really seemed to mesh well with the young core of players the Kings have.

    His usage percentage was a bit higher this season compared to his first with the Kings, but in result, he had a career-high in points per game (8.4) and had his best 3-point percentage of his career (.392); that being in any season in which he played more than 50 games.

    Temple’s high-point has always been his defense, though, and this season he didn’t seem to have that lockdown style he’s used to displaying. His defensive rating of 112 was the worst of his career and his defensive box plus-minus of -0.6 was the lowest of any of his seasons since 2010.

    Temple has seemed to be a solid reinforcement of character that struggling teams need to have to turn a corner, but he’ll also be 33 years old when next season rolls around, which brings up the question of whether or not he’s worth the $8 million player option he carries.

    Last season the Kings had the 13th youngest team in the league, but that average was swayed by the likes of Vince Carter (40 years old) and Zach Randolph (36); the Kings finished the year with 11 players 25 years old or younger.

    With the recent draft choices of De’Aaron Fox and Frank Mason, the Kings have a pair of players who can run the point guard position and when the team throws Bogdan Bogdanovic in, they have an additional ball handler.

    So on that front, the team may not need Temple, who plays small forward, for the backup role he had mostly served for the team in his two seasons. Mason showed how valuable he could be to close out the season as Temple missed the last 10 games with an injury.

    Mason missed the final two games of the year himself, but in the eight games prior to that he averaged just under 20 minutes per game and averaged 8.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists, according to NBA’s website.

    However, Temple does provide value for the team — not just on the court. If he does option into his contract, the Kings could more than likely part ways with him if the need of a veteran guard arises from a potential playoff team once the season is underway.

    Temple, though, hasn’t proven to be a playoff asset since he played just a total of 50 minutes in 20 playoff games for Washington.

    The market isn’t open yet so it’s tough to say whether Temple could sign a longer deal if he does test the waters of free agency.

    Another question mark for Temple and the Kings is whether or not they select Luka Doncic, who would add another ball handler into the mix and almost all but shove Temple out of the rotation; unless the Kings would want to use Temple with a pair of guards, which the team did do last season.

    With the NBA salary cap set at $102 million for the season, according to USA Today, and the Kings having about $80 million invested in their current roster, the Kings could still offer up about $20 million to free agents. And if the team tries to rid itself of some higher contracts like Zach Randolph or Iman Shumpert, who optioned in to his final year last week, then they’d have the opportunity to do so.

    The decision, which is due June 29, ultimately comes down to Temple and what he wants to do. Whether that be play one more year at $8 million, try to sign with a potential championship team for less, or even consider seeking more money and a longer contract.

    The Kings just have to play the waiting game while he decides.

Fantasy News

  • Terry Rozier
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    Terry Rozier (left knee soreness) practiced in full on Tuesday.

    Rozier missed the Hornet's final game heading into the All-Star break, but it wasn't considered to be a long-term concern. Feel free to get Rozier back into all lineups ahead of Thursday's game against the Bulls.

    Source: Rod Boone on Twitter

  • Damian Lillard
    PG, Portland Trail Blazers

    Coach Terry Stotts said that he wouldn't put a timetable on when star point guard Damian Lillard (right groin strain) would return, but he is expected to be re-evaluated on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Lillard was given a timetable of 1-2 weeks last Wednesday, as the All-Star break came at an ideal time. Lillard has a shot to avoid any missed time if his re-evaluation shows progress, but owners should prepare for a scenario in which he misses a handful of games. The Blazers have five games remaining in February.

    Source: NBC Sports

  • Dario Saric
    PF, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns expect Dario Saric (left ankle) to be available to play against the Raptors on Friday.

    James Jones said that he expects everyone outside ok Frank Kaminsky to be available for Friday's game, meaning Tyler Johnson will be out there as well. While Saric has been out, Mikal Bridges has seen his role expand while Kelly Oubre Jr. has played a lot of PF. Keep an eye on how the rotation shakes out now that the Suns are healthy shakes out.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Aron Baynes
    C, Phoenix Suns

    James Jones said that he expects Aron Baynes (left hip soreness) to be available for Friday's game against the Raptors.

    Baynes will be joining Deandre Ayton and the rest of the injured Suns' players in returning for this one. Baynes hasn't played in roughly a month and should be seeing a minimal role off the bench down the stretch. He can be left on the waiver wire unless something happens to Ayton.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    James Jones said that he expects Deandre Jordan (left ankle soreness) to be available to play against the Raptors on Friday.

    Ayton missed a few games to close out the first half, but it looks like the second-year big man will be good to go when the Suns return to action. Ayton was putting up top-12/16 per-game value in 9/8 cat leagues in the 13 games before going down, and owners have to be ecstatic to get him back in their lineups. Cheick Diallo will revert to a deep reserve role.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Cody Martin
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    Cody Martin (concussion protocol) fully participated in Tuesday's practice session.

    Martin found himself in the starting lineup before going down a few weeks ago, as he has started to earn a bigger role in coach James Borrego's rotation. With Marvin Williams and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out of the picture, Martin should have a reasonably safe role for the second half of the season.

    Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter

  • Clint Capela
    C, Atlanta Hawks

    Clint Capela (right heel) did not participate in Tuesday's practice.

    Capela doesn't have a specific target date as he continues to fight the heel issue. With Capela out, Dewayne Dedmon will continue to absorb the bulk of minutes at C with Damian Jones backing him up. Over his past four games, Dedmon has averaged 8.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 3.8 blocks and 1.0 trey in 28.3 minutes per game.

    Source: Chris Kirschner on Twitter

  • Otto Porter Jr.
    SF, Chicago Bulls

    Otto Porter Jr. (left foot fracture) returned to Bulls practice on Tuesday.

    Porter added that he felt good and will return to game action when is 100 percent healthy. It was being reported earlier this week that Porter is eyeing a return before the end of the month, and this would be in line with that projection. It is unclear what type of minutes Porter can handle down the stretch, but his versatile skillset makes for an upside stash in fantasy circles.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Wendell Carter Jr.
    C, Chicago Bulls

    Wendell Carter Jr. (right ankle sprain) resumed practicing on Tuesday as he eyes a return to game action.

    Carter is hopeful of playing when the Bulls return to action against the Hornets on Thursday. The Bulls may take a cautious approach and let him get in a few more practices before clearing him, but Carter's arrow is pointing straight up right now. If he is lingering on your league's waiver wire, go grab him.

    Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter

  • Kyrie Irving
    PG, Brooklyn Nets

    Brian Lewis of the New York Post is reporting that Kyrie Irving is expected to see a shoulder specialist as it is still bothering him.

    Irving is currently out with a knee injury, but that is said not to be an issue and is recovering fine, but the shoulder is still causing him problems. This is a glaring red flag as Irving missed 26 games earlier in the year because of the shoulder. Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert would stand to benefit the most should Irving's shoulder forced him to miss additional time.

    Source: Brian Lewis on Twitter