The Miami Heat have signed Garret Temple to a non-guaranteed contract through training camp.
Temple will be competing for a roster spot with Mickell Gladness, Jarvis Varnado, and Terrell Harris. All players have signed non-guaranteed contracts through training camp. Temple may have an advantage over the other three players though.
He is 26 years-old and has short tenures with the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, and Charlotte Bobcats. He spent two seasons with the Spurs and his experience from playing under Greg Popovich may assist him in finding and successfully playing a specific role with the Heat.
Temple and Harris play the same style of basketball and most likely will become each player’s biggest competition. Except Harris at 6 feet 4 inches is an undersized shooting guard and Temple at 6 feet 6 inches is average height for a shooting guard and can potentially play as a undersized small forward.
Temple finished his career at Louisiana State University as their leader in minutes played. So he can potentially be comfortable and maintain preparation with spotty minutes.
He has already reported to the American Airlines arena.
” Check out @ShaneBattier and Garret Temple putting up free throws today,” via the Heat’s official Twitter.
Head coach Erik Spoelstra may want Temple to be Battier’s replacement as a “do the dirty work” type player in the near future. Battier last summer signed a three year contract and at age 34 entering year two may be “asked” to mentor Temple on how to be successful and what things he should do in order to earn a spot on this Heat team that is stacked with wing players.