The Wizards have a star starting point guard in John Wall and a strong backup in Ramon Sessions.
They’ll have even more depth in Garrett Temple.
Backup guard Garrett Temple will return for the 2015-16 season, he told CSNwashington.com on Tuesday via text message, and has notified the Wizards that he is exercising his opt-in clause in his contract.
Temple will make the NBA minimum of $1,100,602 next season. That’s probably what he would have gotten on the open market. There’s a slight chance he could have earned more, but the risk of falling out of the league entirely and facing a steep pay reduction was too great.
Because the 6-foot-6 Temple can play both backcourt positions, it wouldn’t be surprising for him to crack the Wizards’ rotation next season. That’s more a flaw in their depth than faith in Temple, but in this situation, there’s at least some benefit for keeping Temple.
Whether or not Temple opted in, Washington will probably have just the mid-level exception to pursue free agents.