Garrett Temple Returns to Vipers

Stanley Asumnu Waived Due To Personal Reasons

Garrett Temple (Photo Credit: Dana/Dutch Cowgill)

November 30, 2010

MCALLEN, TEXAS – The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced Tuesday that they have acquired guard Garrett Temple (6-6, 190, LSU), who played for the team last year before earning three-straight GATORADE Call-Ups with the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs.

The Vipers have also waived forward Stanley Asumnu (6-5, 220, Tennessee) due to personal reasons. The Vipers retain his rights.

Temple started this season with the Spurs, scoring two points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in three games off the bench.

After playing for the Rockets during 2009 NBA Training Camp, Temple was allocated to the Vipers where he averaged 14.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 34.9 minutes in 30 games (all starts). The rookie earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Rockets on February 8, and after two 10-day contracts, earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Kings. Following a 10-day contract there, Temple earned a GATORADE Call-Up to the Spurs, where he signed a 10-day contract before signing for the remainder of the season on March 23. In 27 NBA games (four starts), Temple averaged 5.0 points, 1.1 rebounds and 12.4 minutes while shooting 43.6% from the field.

“We are very fortunate to have Garrett Temple back with the Vipers. It is exciting that we are building an environment in the Rio Grande Valley where players like Garrett and Antonio Anderson are choosing to bypass overseas opportunities to return to the Vipers in order to continue their NBA development. Garrett brings us talent, experience and intangibles that will benefit the development of our team. With their talent and potential we won't know how long we will have these guys but we will make the most of it during their time here,” Vipers General Manager Gersson Rosas said.

Asumnu is averaging 4.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 12.0 minutes in three games off the bench.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are the NBA Development League affiliate of the NBA Houston Rockets. 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.