Jul 17, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT
The power forward is returning to the Nets, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.
Kris Humphries is staying with Nets on two-year deal valued at $24 million
Humphries had been close in negotiations with the Nets, the team’s GM Billy King said last week so this really isn’t a surprise. The Nets shopped him everywhere this summer — to Orlando, to Cleveland as part of an Orlando deal — plus teams like the Bobcats came calling (reportedly with three-years, $28 million). But Lopez always really wanted to be a Brooklyn hipster.
Is $12 million a year a bit high? Yes, but not wildly out of line as quality big men get overpaid in the NBA. This is a good move by the Nets — Humphries is a good NBA power forward. Last season he averaged 13.8 points and 11 rebounds a game, and you need a strong rebounder next to Brook Lopez (who also is returning to Brooklyn). Humphries is an above average PER of 17.8. He’s no All-Star, his choice in women is less than ideal, but he’s a good NBA player who turns 27, so a couple year deal is a good match.
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