Garrett Temple has re-signed with the Wizards on a a two-year contract, per J. Michael of CSN Washington. He has spent the two seasons with the Wizards. During the 2012-13 season, Temple averaged 5.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. His performance then convinced management to sign him again for the 2013-14 season, though he did not play as much and averaged less than 2 points a game. The first year of the contract will be worth $981,084, while the second year is a player option.
Though Temple did not find much playing time after Andre Miller was acquired to be an upgrade at the backup point guard position, Randy Wittman and his coaching staff have continued to hold him in high regard. During much of the Wizards' stretch during January, it should be noted that Temple was a member of an eight-man rotation that was producing wins on the court. However, it was equally dangerous if it went on for too much longer during the midseason.
Both the Wizards and Temple have had mutual interest since free agency started in July. However, there were conflicting reports, including one where he was believed to be considering the Miami Heat. However, these reports also happened before LeBron James decided to sign his next contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers instead.
As you might expect, some Wizards players have already celebrated the news, including Marcin Gortat:
I'm glad my man Temple is back with wiz!!!! The biggest pro next to Steve Nash and Grant Hill!! Hands down!!! #welcome #back #brother— Marcin Gortat (@MGortat) July 18, 2014
And the man himself has acknowledged it.
I Love DC!!!!! Let's get it #wizkids— Garrett Temple (@GTemp14) July 18, 2014
Welcome back Garrett. I loved your versatility on the court, and I can't wait to see you and Otto together as well.