Just when things were starting to get a little quiet on the Kings free agency front, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a little Woj firecracker, reporting that the Kings have come to terms with free agent guard Garrett Temple.
Free agent guard Garrett Temple has agreed to a three-year deal with Sacramento, league source tells @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 3, 2016
Sam Amick would later confirm the signing, and relay terms for said deal -
To recap in one linear tweet: Garrett Temple to the Kings on a three-year, $24 million deal. Third year is a player option.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 3, 2016
Temple averaged 7.3 points, 1.8 assists, and 2.7 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game with the Wizards last season, shooting .398 from the floor, and .345 from three. He filled in admirably for an injured Bradley Beal last season, and his versatility and tough play regardless of when and where you play him is something the Kings will welcome this season. He's a tough defender, hard worker, and what he lacks in skill he'll make up for with hustle and locker room vibes.
Admittedly, my first reaction was 'good signing, a bit of an overpay' but if Vlade Divac wants to overpay for good locker room chemistry and hard workers, I can appreciate that approach. This does leave the Kings in a bit of a pickle. They brought in two shooting guards (Arron Afflalo, and now Temple) but are still extremely short on point guards with little cap room remaining. This move does make Ben McLemore extremely expendable, and Kosta Koufos, along with Rudy Gay, have been 'available' for several months.