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Garrett Temple exercises player option to stay with Wizards for 2015-16 season

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In news that should not come as a big surprise, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post is reporting Garrett Temple has exercised his player option for the 2015-16 season. As a result, he'll be back with the Wizards next season on a veteran's minimum contract.

The deal works out well for both sides. The Wizards get to keep Temple as a situational defender who knows the ins and outs of Randy Wittman's system and won't stir up any trouble. Temple gets another year of job security and he'll get more opportunities to show his usefulness as the Wizards get more national exposure.

The other thing that's neat for Temple is that even though he's still making the veteran's minimum, he's still getting a pay raise, because the vet's minimum rises based on how long the player has been in the league. Since Temple is headed into his sixth season, that means Garrett Temple is finally going to crack the million dollar mark for the first time in his NBA career. Usually you don't see players go this long into their NBA career without cracking the million dollar mark, but it serves as a testament to Temple's persistence that he's been able to survive on the fringe of the NBA for such a long time.

Let's just hope becoming a million dollar athlete doesn't get to Temple's head and keep him from putting in the work to make plays like this happen: