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It didn’t take the Grizzlies long to move on from disappointments in the past two summers. The Grizzlies will send center Deyonta Davis and guard Ben McLemore to the Sacramento Kings for veteran wing Garrett Temple, a league source confirmed to the Commercial Appeal.
The Grizzlies also will send a 2021 second-round pick along with cash considerations to Sacramento to complete the deal.
McLemore was signed to a two-year, $10.7 million contract last summer but disappointed greatly in his initial season with the Grizzlies. He struggled on both ends of the floor and found himself on the outside of the Grizzlies rotation looking in.
Davis, meanwhile, was picked with the 31st pick in the 2016 NBA draft. The team initially was enamored with his potential to block shots, drive to the basket and finish, and be an athletic modern center. That potential never became performance, and an indifferent 2018 Summer League campaign sealed his fate with the organization.
Temple was considered a leader and a stabilizing force in a chaotic Kings setup. He held the young players there accountable publicly and privately, and his leadership extends to the Players Association as well, where he’s in year two of a term as a vice president. The Grizzlies want quality veterans around their young players, and Temple joins Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and others in what appears to be a solid Grizzlies locker room.
On the court, Temple shot 39 percent from 3-point range last season. He is a high IQ player who can help improve ball and player movement.
The Grizzlies absorb a little more salary in the deal but are still around $1 million under the $123.7 million luxury tax level. They also bring their roster down to 15 players, the NBA limit for a team’s roster size in the regular season.