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Garrett Temple exercises option to return to Kings for final year of his contract

Kings forward Garrett Temple, left, looks to steal the ball against Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) on March 14, 2018.
Kings forward Garrett Temple, left, looks to steal the ball against Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) on March 14, 2018. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Garrett Temple will exercise his player option to return to the Kings, the guard told The Bee in a text message.

Temple will earn $8 million in the third and final year of his contract, putting Sacramento approximately $17 million under the projected salary cap of $101 million.

Temple is the Kings’ best defender and a trusted veteran voice in the locker room where most of the players have less than four years of experience.

In his eighth season, he averaged a career-high 8.4 points along with 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

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