The first rule of trading a player: Don’t look like you’re trying to trade a player. Keep some leverage.
A report surfaced Monday that the Washington Wizards were open to trading point guard Garrett Temple to the Utah Jazz — he’d be third on the Wizards’ depth chart (behind John Wall and Ramon Sessions) while Utah needs point guard depth in the wake of the Dante Exum tearing his ACL and likely missing the season. There’s some logic to it.
But the Wizards aren’t looking to move him, reports J. Michael of CSNWashington.com.
He adds that the Jazz and Warriors have not spoken. Officially they likely haven’t (they likely have started the process though back channels).
Temple is a defense-first point guard, which is why Wizards’ coach Randy Wittman likely wants him around. But the Wizards have a price they would take to unload Temple, the Jazz just have to get to that number. It’s a negotiation.