The Brooklyn Nets have reportedly declined Garrett Temple’s $5 million team option, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Temple signed a one-year deal with the Nets last offseason, which included a team option.
Garrett Temple was brought in for guard depth and veteran leadership, the latter of which he is praised for. Temple is currently a vice-president of the NBA players’ association, which shows just how respected he is league-wide. The 34-year-old guard averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists on 37.8% shooting (32.9% from three).
This move comes after the proposed trades of Bruce Brown and Landry Shamet to the Brooklyn Nets. It is well known that the Nets have an abundance of guards, meaning this move shouldn’t be all that surprising. Brown has shown to be a better perimeter defender than Temple, and Shamet has made over 40% of his threes. Both Brown and Shamet are much younger than Temple as well.
Losing Temple’s leadership is probably what the Nets are going to miss the most with this move. However, it is obvious Sean Marks is attempting to improve the roster with better talent. On paper, Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, along with Brown and Shamet look to be great guard depth. Re-signing Joe Harris to that group only makes it better.
While the Nets still have holes to fill in when it comes to forwards, their guard depth is among the best in the league. It is still unknown though if they’re willing to sacrifice that depth for another star. The next few weeks are going to be very interesting for Brooklyn.