LAS VEGAS -- For the second year in a row, the Wizards have retained Garrett Temple in unrestricted free agency, but this time it's a two-year deal worth $2 million dollars, CSNwashington.com has confirmed with people with knowledge of the situation.
The deal includes a player option in the second year.
There has been "mutual interest" since the season ended. Even though Temple fell back in the rotation when Andre Miller came aboard in a Feb. 20 trade, he's a favorite of coach Randy Wittman because of his attitude, work ethic and commitment to defense. The Wizards picked up Miller's $4.6 million option last month.
At 6-6, Temple can be used in key situations against taller, longer players and makes for a solid practice piece to push John Wall and Bradley Beal. Although running the offense isn't his strength, he can be a ball-handler in a pinch.
Thirteen of the maximum 15 roster spots are now filled with a decision to be made about Al Harrington, Kevin Seraphin and a possible free agents such as Daniel Orton or Khem Birch who are playing for the Wizards in summer league.
Orton and Birch are post players who would give them even more size. Harrington, if fully healthy, could be the scoring punch who can stretch the floor and minimize the need for another guard though another ball-handler can't hurt. Harrington, CSN learned earlier in the week, will play 2014-15 after previously being in doubt.