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July 26, 2011

Temple headed to Italy

Garrett Temple will become the first Charlotte Bobcat to commit to playing overseas next season, in the wake of the lockout.

Temple's agent, John Hamilton, told the Observer today that Temple is signing with Casale, a team in Northern Italy. It's a one-year deal with no out, should the lockout expire. Temple is taking this option in part due to the lockout, but primarily for the chance at steady playing time.

"We were not actually pursuing overseas, because we felt he had such a good situation in Charlotte,'' Hamilton said. "But this will let him really focus on what he needs to do to be a rotation play, and that's play steady point guard.

"Obviously the lockout was another element'' in the decision. "We would not be doing it otherwise. But this was the right opportunity, given the lockout.''

Temple was signed by the Bobcats midway through last season as a third point guard behind D.J. Augustin and Shaun Livingston. At 6-6, his best attribute was as a long defender. He was still adapting to being a playmaker, after playing mostly shooting guard.

Despite being a free agent, Temple had been a constant at off-season workouts at the Bobcats' training facility before the lockout ended all contact between the players and team personnel.

Under rules of the lockout, the Bobcats management and coaches can't discuss current players.

Posted by Observer Sports on July 26, 2011 at 03:22 PM | Permalink



Posted by: feltonfan | Jul 26, 2011 3:51:30 PM

Buh Bye! It's like we didn't even know you were on the roster, anyways.

Don't eat too much pasta!

Posted by: Dougie | Jul 26, 2011 3:57:04 PM

NBA who?

Posted by: John | Jul 26, 2011 3:57:35 PM

the only thing that was of benefit was his defense. it will benefit him to play more regularly and get his confidence up. he can play in the nba when he's on but he just looked fragile at times last year.

there shouldn't be ANY minutes in charlotte at pg in the next 2-3 years. not as long as we have walker and augustin.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 26, 2011 4:35:39 PM

Wow....Italy is a hot spot for pro ball.....SOCCER.

Posted by: ThugBall | Jul 26, 2011 4:39:19 PM

Not a bad player, seemed like a good kid. I always really liked Dontell Jefferson though.

Posted by: Bro.D. | Jul 27, 2011 1:25:57 AM

If he improves his range over in Italy he can be a solid pro. I will be rooting for the guy.

Posted by: Mike J | Jul 29, 2011 4:07:56 PM

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