With Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant starring for the Brooklyn Nets, guard Garrett Temple has been thrown into the equation.
Well, as if the Brooklyn Nets’ plans couldn’t get any more interesting, Sean Marks has decided to up the ante. Per Marc. J Spears of ESPN, the Brooklyn Nets will likely come to a two-year, $10 million deal with free agent guard Garrett Temple. This was later confirmed by his colleague, Adrian Wojnarowski.
On paper, Temple provides some three-and-D support to Brooklyn’s newly minted star duo, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Last season, Garrett Temple averaged a combined 7.8 points, 1.4 assists, and 2.9 rebounds on a 42.2/34.1/74.8 shooting split.
This, of course, came on two different Western Conference teams: the Memphis Grizzlies and the LA Clippers. Perhaps more applicable to the sudden contender in Brooklyn, Garrett Temple played a key role in LA’s playoff rotation. Those postseason reps will certainly be valuable to Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson.
Now, admittedly, this deal is a bit surprising. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Brooklyn Nets are planning to sign Kevin Durant. The question is: How will Brooklyn be able to afford Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and now, 33-year-old Garrett Temple’s $5 million per season.
Does this mean that someone like, say, Joe Harris will be on the move? Time will only tell on general manager Sean Marks‘ ultimate plan. For now, strap in, Nets fans. A new era is in Brooklyn. Marks has come this far and has brought in the big guns. All signs point to him fitting Garrett Temple into the Nets’ title-worthy roster.