(670 The Score) The Bulls and free-agent wing Garrett Temple have agreed on a one-year, $5-million deal, ESPN reported Friday evening.
Temple, 34, averaged 10.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 62 games, including 35 starts, for the Nets last season. He shot 37.8% from the field and 32.9% from 3-point range. The Nets declined their $5-million team option on Temple on Thursday.
Temple is a career 34.7% 3-point shooter. The Bulls will be the 10th NBA team that Temple has played for in his career that dates back to 2010.
The Bulls entered free agency with the non-taxpayer mid-level exception ($9.3 million) and bi-annual exception ($3.6 million) to use as they project to be an over-the-cap team. Temple will presumably be signing under a portion of the mid-level exception, which can be split between players, unless the Bulls have other moves in the works.
The 6-foot-5 Temple will likely come off the bench, though he also has extensive experience as a starter. With Temple on board, the Bulls now have 14 guaranteed contracts on their 15-man roster, with wing Denzel Valentine still in play to perhaps return after the team extended him a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent.
Barring a trade – which is certainly in play under the new regime of Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley – the Bulls are going to return most of the same roster that went 22-43 last season. Veteran power forward Thad Young could be a candidate to be traded, as the Bulls added 6-foot-8 forward Patrick Williams with the No. 4 overall pick in the NBA Draft on Wednesday night. Chicago also still has a need for a traditional point guard.
Cody Westerlund is a sports editor for 670TheScore.com and covers the Bulls. Follow him on Twitter @CodyWesterlund.