BayHawks Trade for Garrett Temple
Forward Jeff Adrien traded to Rio Grande Valley
Erie, Pennsylvania, Thursday, December 30 – The Erie BayHawks made their third roster move in two days by trading forward Jeff Adrien to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in exchange for guard Garrett Temple. Temple is scheduled to be in uniform Friday night when Erie visits the Springfield Armor.
Temple (6-6, 195 lbs) has appeared in nine games this season with the Vipers since joining the team on November 30, and is averaging 12.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 28.4 minutes. He began the season with the San Antonio Spurs and made three appearances totaling 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, one steal and one block.
Erie acquired Adrien on December 17 off waivers. He appeared in five games and averaged 11.2 points and 8.0 rebounds in 25.4 minutes.
Temple, 24, began the 2009-10 season with the Vipers before earning four 10-day NBA contracts with three teams (Houston-2, Sacramento, San Antonio). He then signed with the Spurs for the remainder of the season on March 23.
In 30 career NBA games (27 in 2009-10, 3 in 2010-11), Temple has averages of 4.6 points, 1.1 rebounds and 11.8 minutes while shooting 42.5% from the field.
With Rio Grande Valley last season he averaged 14.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 34.9 minutes in 30 games (all starts). Temple earned 2010 NBA D-League Showcase Honorable Mention honors after posting 17.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in two games at last year’s event.
He’s a 2009 graduate of LSU where he is the all-time leader in minutes played and appeared in 134 games, starting all but three. He was a starter on the 2006 Final Four team and in his senior season he was named to the All-SEC Defensive team and the Coaches All-SEC Second Team.
Temple was roommates with Erie forward Tasmin Mitchell at LSU, where they played under former BayHawks head coach John Treloar who was then an assistant at the school.
The last 48 hours have been busy for the BayHawks. On Wednesday the team reacquired guard Blake Ahearn, and traded guard Cedric Jackson to the Idaho Stampede for their first-round pick in the 2011 Development League draft.
Fans can follow the BayHawks on the road as they face the Maine Red Claws Thursday night at 7 pm by tuning to AM 1330 The Fan. On Friday, Erie travels to Springfield for two games against the Armor. Friday’s broadcast can be heard on AM 1400 WJET at 7 pm, and Sunday on AM 1330 at 5 pm. All games can also be watched live online at nba.com/futurecast
NBA DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA’s official minor league whose teams have direct affiliations to NBA franchises. For the 2010-11 season, the league will feature 16 teams – including the debut of the Texas Legends. A proven developer of talent, 20 percent of players in the NBA at the conclusion of the 2009-10 season boasted NBA D-League experience, while the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front-office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the league’s 10th season, which tips off Thursday, Nov. 18, fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast.