June 15, 2018, 9:18 pm
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.
August 17, 2019, 2:10 pmTyler DorseySG, International
Tyler Dorsey has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. of Israel.
Dorsey played 21 games for the Grizzlies last year after being acquired midseason from the Hawks via trade. He played well over that span with 9.8 points in 21.3 minutes but will take his talents overseas where, "He'll have a chance to showcase what great things he can do," according to his new head coach. Maccabi has signed several former NBA players this offseason as Dorsey will be joining Omri Casspi, Nate Wolters, Quincy Acy and Tarik Black.
Source: Macabi Tel Aviv on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:57 pmRayjon TuckerPG, Milwaukee Bucks
Rayjon Tucker will be signing with the Bucks on a partially guaranteed deal.
Tucker is a little older than most rookies and will be 22 before the start of the season but he played well enough at Little Rock last year to deserve a look, scoring 20.3 points per game and knocking down 2.4 triples per game at a 41.1 percent clip. He rounds out the Bucks 20-man training camp roster but since they already have 15 guaranteed contracts and both two-way spots occupied, he is very unlikely to make the team and could very well end up in the G-League.
Source: Darren Wolfson on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:45 pmDe'Aaron FoxPG, Sacramento Kings
Per Chris Hayes of Yahoo, De'Aaron Fox will be withdrawing from the FIBA World Cup in order to focus on the upcoming season.
Fox follows the trend set by many other players that have withdrawn for the same reason. Maybe this is related to him only playing six minutes in the exhibition against Spain on Friday but either way, he should be in line to improve last year's huge leap in production and could even be in the All-Star conversation. Derrick White is much more likely to make the final roster now with Fox out.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 11:39 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker leads US in 90-81 victory over Spain on Friday.
Walker impressed in the exhibition with 11 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in 22 minutes with Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and Khris Middleton also playing well as his co-stars. Four Celtics are expected to be on the final roster which will serve as a great opportunity for Walker to develop a good rapport with his new teammates ahead of training camp. Marc Gasol was the top scorer for Spain with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks while Ricky Rubio finished with 16 points, seven assists and five steals.
August 17, 2019, 9:05 amKhem BirchC, Orlando Magic
Khem Birch led all scorers with 18 points as Canada lost to Australia in the second game of their mini-series exhibition.
Birch also chipped in four rebounds, two steals and a block in 23 minutes. He recently signed a two-year extension with the Magic but he currently sits as their third string center so he is off the fantasy map for now. For Australia, captain Joe Ingles put up eight points on 2-of-10 shooting with six assists and three steals in 31 minutes while Jonah Bolden chipped in 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and two triples in 18 minutes off the bench.
August 17, 2019, 8:24 amJuancho HernangomezPF, Denver Nuggets
Juan Hernangomez was back in action on Friday after undergoing core surgery in May.
Hernangomez did not do much in his 20 minutes of action in Spain's exhibition against the US on Friday but at least he has recovered from his surgery. He is entering a contract year but it will be difficult for him to get much playing time with the Nuggets at full health. He played only 8.4 minutes per game over the last two months of last season.
Source: Nick Kosmider on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 8:03 amJayson TatumSF, Boston Celtics
Jayson Tatum's intent is to increase his scoring this season according to Keith Smith.
Tatum has been working on being stronger with the ball, drawing fouls and finishing through contact which should result in an increase in free throws, points and efficiency. He was already a top-60 player in only his second year in the league by providing a little bit of everything from a fantasy perspective and should only continue to grow going into his third season.
Source: Keith Smith on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 7:36 amDaulton HommesSF, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have signed rookie Daulton Hommes.
This is likely a camp deal for Hommes as the Spurs already have 15 guaranteed contracts on their roster. The NABC Division II Player of the Year averaged 8.4 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.4 triples and 1.0 threes in in 17.7 minutes for the Bucks in summer league action. He is unlikely to play in the NBA this season.
Source: Jeff Garcia on Twitter
August 17, 2019, 12:01 amMarcus SmartPG, Boston Celtics
In the NBATV broadcast on Friday night, Marcus Smart said he is "100% confident" that his health won't be an issue to start the World Cup.
With the news of PJ Tucker having to drop out due to an ankle injury, it's good to see Smart won't have to do the same. His presence will be a key factor on defense for Team USA.
Source: Jay King on Twitter
August 16, 2019, 9:31 pmPatty MillsPG, San Antonio Spurs
Patty Mills scored 20 points along with three rebounds, four assists and four treys in 24 minutes in Australia's 70-90 loss to Canada in Friday's World Cup exhibition game.
Mills lead Australia in scoring in their first World Cup exhibition game. With Dejounte Murray returning this coming season from injury and Derrick White's rise, Mills is only a deep-league player at best in 2019-20. Fellow countryman Joe Ingles scored 11 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.