Temple intends to sign with the Bulls on a one-year, $5 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Temple became a free agent when the Nets opted to decline his 2020-21 option. He averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.0 triples across 27.9 minutes for Brooklyn last season. It is unlikely that the 34-year-old journeyman will see those types of minutes in Chicago, but he does project to provide depth on the wing.
The Nets declined Temple's team option for 2020-21, and he'll become a free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The veteran was a significant contributor for Brooklyn last season, averaging 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 27.9 minutes. However, the team has opted to decline his $5 million option and look to use that money elsewhere. Temple will presumably draw interest from competitive teams.
Temple recorded 21 points (6-13 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 4-4 FT), three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 104-99 Game 2 loss to the Raptors. Temple scored a team-high 21 points in the narrow loss, and it's just the fourth time all season he's crossed the 20-point threshold. He was especially hot from behind the arc, where he led all players with five made triples.
Temple posted 15 points (4-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 rebounds and four assists across 36 minutes in Thursday's 134-133 loss to the Trail Blazers. The journeyman guard caught on with the Nets this season and received a lot of floor time with Caris LeVert sidelined in November and December. Without Kyrie Irving, the Nets needed a veteran presence in the backcourt, and Temple fit the bill. He's not the first name you'd think of as a big bubble producer, but he sneakily averaged 11.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists over seven games in Orlando.
Temple will be rested for Tuesday's game against the Magic, Greg Logan of Newsday reports. With the No. 7 seed locked up, the Nets will rest the veteran wing, and they'll also be without their top three players in Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert and Joe Harris.
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