Garrett Temple is a fundamentally sound basketball player and throughout this season showed his value by playing tough defense, giving his full effort no matter the situation and being a leader on the court. Off the floor and in the locker room, Temple is a professional, willing to do interviews with media after tough losses and motivating and mentoring young players. The well-spoken veteran, who has played on seven NBA teams, was a welcome addition to the Kings, a team that has often lacked leaders in the locker room over the years.
Temple, who turned 31 this month, averaged 7.8 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists this season for the Kings. While he likely has several productive seasons ahead of him, the veteran has life after basketball in the back of his mind. He has participated in programs that the National Basketball Players Association puts on that allows players to learn the different facets of broadcasting, coaching and what it takes to be in a front office.
“I've done all three of those. All three of them have caught my attention, but the coaching and the front office are really something I think I may be interested in,” said Temple, who signed a three-year deal with the Kings last summer. “I have a lot of relationships around the league because I've been on so many teams so hopefully I’ve left great impressions on the front office people and the people in positions to make decisions. When I finish, if that's something I want to get into, hopefully I'll have networked enough to reach out and try to get a couple of offers."
Temple likes the idea of being in a front office to help find underrated players who weren’t drafted, like him. Temple spent much of his time early in his career in and out of the D-League before being signed by the Washington Wizards in 2012 and staying there until 2016.
"Being able to help mold a team, find guys, diamonds in the rough, like a guy like myself that can help a team, but wasn't drafted and wasn't really highly touted coming out of college. Not a guy that can just do one thing extremely well, but can do a couple of things pretty well,” Temple said. “Being able to see that and bring that aspect to a front office I think that's something that really entices me."
Though learning the intricacies of the salary cap and the like is not exactly the easiest task, as highlighted by some former players, Temple certainly seems like a guy with the drive to get a grasp on it.
In the meantime, Temple’s focus remains on his current playing career and what the Kings are going to look like next season.
"We're in a situation where we have pieces that can produce ... Ty Lawson is a great point guard, man. If you sign the right people and you keep the people that you have – Skal [Labissiere] gets better, Willie [Cauley-Stein] gets better, Papa [Georgios Papagiannis], Buddy [Hield] continues to grow ... We're trying to win games and with coach [Dave] Joerger anything is possible,” Temple said. “I really feel like we have a chance, if we get the right pieces this offseason, to make a playoff push."