The role for Garrett Temple is changing. Though not really.

Initially viewed as a shooting guard as he bounced around the NBA the Wizards have given him more point-guard duties. That means most of his minutes will come behind John Wall and Eric Maynor rather than Bradley Beal.

"He's like a great utility player in baseball. He can play the 1 he can play the 2 he can play the 3" coach Randy Wittman said. "Now the thing he's got to work on is when he's playing the 1 he's got to totally rethink the game (more) than when he's playing the wing up and down."

Temple was signed during the the 2012-13 season and became a free agent. He was signed to his first fully guaranteed one-year contract in the offseason.

With the Wizards having injuries just about everywhere last year Temple was inserted into the starting lineup for 36 games. Wall missed the first 33 games with a stress injury in his knee. Then when Wall returned Temple filled in for an injured Beal. Wittman realized he needed a better ball-handler on the floor with Wall to help relieve the defensive pressure.