Seven Former Tigers Enter NBA Training Camps
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BATON ROUGE – Garrett Temple begins his eighth season of NBA play and his second with the Sacramento Kings as he takes over the position as the senior LSU Tiger in the league heading into the 2017-18 season.
Brandon Bass, who played in the league for 12 seasons, has signed a one-year deal with a team in the Chinese professional league.
Temple is in the second year of a three-year deal with Sacramento, averaging 7.8 points and 2.6 assists per game. Overall, in his first seven years, he has played in 229 NBA games.
Also in NBA training camps this year are rookie Antonio Blakeney with the Chicago Bulls; Tim Quarterman, in his second year in the league after his rookie season at Portland; Johnny O’Bryant III will play his fourth season in the league with Charlotte; Jarell Martin will be back for his third year with the Memphis Grizzlies; Jordan Mickey,after two years with the Celtics, is now trying to make the Miami Heat squad.
Finally, it is expected that 2016 No. 1 NBA pick Ben Simmons will finally get to play for the Philadelphia 76ers after suffering a preseason injury prior to the 2016-17 season opener.
Martin’s two years with the Grizzlies has been full of injuries, limiting him to 69 games over two years, while Mickey moves to the Heat after playing 41 NBA games. His best games the last two years have come for the Celtics’ G-League team in Maine.
O’Bryant III played 11 games last year in the league for Denver and Charlotte and looks to move his career forward after playing 100 games during the 2015 and 2016 seasons for Milwaukee.
Quarterman made the season roster for the entire year for the Trailblazers a year ago, splitting time between Portland and the G-League. But he has a year in the league on his resume and now will try to continue his career after being traded to Houston.
Blakeney is in his first training camp with the Bulls and averaged 16.8 points in the summer league for Chicago. He became the first Chicago player to sign a two-way contract that lasts two years that allows him to play both for the Bulls and in the G-League.