May 15, 2018, 11:32 pm
2017-18 averages: 65 G | 35 GS | 24.8 MP | 8.4 PTS | 2.3 REB | 1.9 AST | 0.9 STL | 0.4 BLK | 1.2 TOV | 41.8 FG% | 39.2 3P% | 76.9 FT% |
With four promising perimeter players and George Hill all being added to the roster this summer, Garrett Temple seemed destined for a much smaller role in the Kings’ rotation this past season. Maybe not right away, but over time it was easy to think that Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield would slowly but surely eat away at his minutes.
Despite the circumstances, Temple ended up starting 35 games for the Kings, while also finishing with 24.8 minutes per game – the second highest total of his career. Early struggles and an eventual trade for George Hill helped Temple maintain his spot in the rotation, but his versatility was equally important in his fight for minutes.
Ever since joining the Kings in the summer of 2016, Garrett Temple has been the most consistently-impactful defender on the roster. Temple took a slight step back defensively this past year, but his ability to take on tough assignments for some of the team’s younger players was a boost for Sacrametno’s rebuilding efforts. Players like De’Aaron Fox, Hield and Bogdanovic will need to learn how to defend against the elite guards in the Western Conference, but having Temple to take the pressure off when they need it is a good thing this early in their development.
Offensively, Temple’s ability to make the right play without needing to dominate the ball made him an ideal fit. Temple’s shooting ability also helped space the floor, making him easy to slide in next to any of the Kings’ young guards. Temple wasn’t quite as good as he was in the 2016-17 season, but he was able to score a career-high 34 points against the Magic:
Off the court, Temple’s maturity and his presence in the community make him a great role model for the team’s younger players. Sacramento was actively searching for veteran mentors last summer, and by all accounts Temple filled that role perfectly.
Heading into the summer, Temple’s future with the Kings remains uncertain. The team’s backcourt could be even more crowded next season, and he has a players option for $8 million that he may not want to exercise. His versatility makes him a good fit for the Kings, but at 32 he may be looking to move on to a contender.
Not only that, but Temple could find himself with plenty of potential suitors this summer. There won’t be too much salary cap space available, but players that can shoot and defend multiple positions are highly valued in the modern NBA.
Temple still may choose to opt in at $8 million and hope for a better opportunity in the summer of 2019. Minutes will be tougher to find on the Kings next season, but if he chooses to stay the team will still value his contributions on the court as well as the example he sets off of it.
August 21, 2019, 6:26 pmTrevon BluiettPF, Utah Jazz
Trevon Bluiett and Juwan Morgan sign with the Jazz in the hopes of one day playing in an NBA game.
Bluiett was on a two-way contract with the Pelicans last season while Juwan Morgan played for the Jazz in the 2019 Summer League. They will both compete for a roster spot in training camp but neither is a guarantee to make the final roster. They both have yet to see the court in an NBA game and can be ignored from a fantasy perspective until that day comes.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
August 21, 2019, 5:25 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins (ankle) began daily contact workouts on Monday and is on pace to head into training camp fully healthy.
Collins is heading into what could be a breakout season as he is likely to start at the power forward position. In the 2019 playoffs, the Gonzaga product blocked a shot in 11 of the 16 games including three games in which he blocked three, four and five respectively. Collins has averaged around 33% from distance throughout his career which is exactly what he shot in the postseason (7-21). If he is able to improve from long range and plays starters minutes, Collins is a can't-miss player. It's far from a guarantee though as the 21-year-old has never finished with standard-league value. It does seem like Collins will be ready for training camp barring a major setback.
Source: The Athletic
August 21, 2019, 10:34 amCory JosephPG, Sacramento Kings
Nick Nurse said that reports of Cory Joseph missing the FIBA World Cup are “incorrect”.
Nurse added that he spoke to Joseph on Wednesday and that the guard has his flights booked to China. Joseph was in Canada’s camp at home earlier this month, but did not make the trip to Australia and has missed the past four exhibition games. The situation has become a little bit murky but Canada Basketball keeps holding out hope that Joseph will rejoin the team before they depart for China, which doesn’t happen until Monday.
Source: John Casey on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 10:33 pmTyronn LuePG, Los Angeles Clippers
Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting former Cavs championship-winning coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Clippers as their top assistant coach to Doc Rivers.
The Lakers and Clippers rivalry continues to heat up. Lue was very close to a deal with the Lakers in May to become their head coach, but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Lue now joins Kawhi Leonard as another person to spurn the Lakers this offseason.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 10:28 pmPJ TuckerSF, Houston Rockets
P.J. Tucker says he is optimistic about signing a contract extension soon.
The 34-year-old 3-and-D wing hopes to extend his deal with the Rockets, but a potential extension wouldn't begin until his age-36 season. Houston has him under contract for two more seasons at this point, so they may not be motivated enough to get something done this offseason. However, a maximum Tucker extension would only have him in the $10 million per year range. Even as a 37-year-old, that could be a great deal if he can keep up his current production. Tucker remains a sneaky source of threes and steals late in fantasy drafts or off the wire.
Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 6:11 pmJaylen AdamsPG, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks officially announced the signings of guards Jaylen Adams and Rayjon Tucker on Tuesday.
Adams and Tucker have their work cut out for them in their bid to claim a roster with the big club, as the Bucks have a reasonably deep guard rotation. Adams and Tucker are more than likely competing to get playing time in the G-League this season and can be ignored in fantasy.
August 20, 2019, 4:55 pmJeff LedbetterG, San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs have offered summer league guard Jeff Ledbetter an Exhibit 10 deal, but he is still mulling over his options which include playing in Europe.
Ledbetter had a productive summer league and now finds himself with a chance to play for the Austin Spurs of the G-League. Ledbetter is sure to be staring at a bigger payday in Europe, so his choice will be an interesting one. We should have a decision soon.
Source: Nicola Lupo on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 4:49 pmEric MikaC, Sacramento Kings
The Kings announced on Tuesday that they signed summer league standout C Eric Mika to an exhibit 10 contract.
The former BYU big man is now set up to play for the Stockton Kings of the G-League. The Kings have a deep big man rotation, and it's unlikely that we'll see much, if any, of Mika on the roster this season.
Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 4:44 pmJA MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant (right knee) said that he is completely healed from the minor knee surgery earlier this summer, saying he is "100 percent right now."
Morant will look to get back into the swing of things in the coming weeks as he prepares for his rookie season. Morant has the talent and the role on rebuilding team and is undoubtedly going to cost a pretty penny in fantasy drafts.
Source: Peter Edmiston on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 2:17 pmDerrick AlstonTeam, New York Knicks
The Westchester Knicks have named Derrick Alston as the new head coach, replacing Mike Miller who was promoted to join David Fizdale’s staff.
Alston, a former NBA player, has been an assistant for Westchester for four years. Before that, Alston was a player development coach with the Rockets. This will be Alston’s first head coaching gig as he continues to move up the ladder.
Source: Ian Begley on Twitter