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Report: Kris Humphries signs three-year, $13 million deal with Wizards

Jul 15, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT

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When Nene is healthy, the Washington Wizards have a powerful front line with him and just re-signed Marcin Gortat. But what they need is some depth behind those guys (especially Nene) to keep the minutes down and their health up.

Enter Kris Humphries.

A guy who takes a lot of ridicule for his off-the-court life from fans (remember the Kim Kardashian saga), on the court he is a rock-solid reserve big man — an efficient scorer who doesn’t use much offense, he’s strong on the glass and he provides a real physicality. He is going to the Wizards, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Free-agent forward Kris Humphries has agreed to a three-year, $13 million deal with the Washington Wizards, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Boston Celtics are finalizing a sign-and-trade agreement with Washington to fit Humphries’ deal into the salary cap, sources said. The Wizards can send Boston part of the trade exception earned with Houston in a recent sign-and-trade deal for Trevor Ariza.

The third year of Humphries’ contract will be a team option, a source said.

At that price this is a good signing.

Humphries scored just 8.4 points a game in 20 minutes a night for Boston last season (he started 30 games for them), but he did it with an efficient .558 true shooting percentage. He grabbed 16.9 percent of all the available rebounds when on the court. He’s a solid defender.

He will provide much needed depth for the Wizards.

Washington has had a very nice off-season re-signing Gortat,replacing Trevor Ariza with Paul Pierce and seeing young players such as Bradley Beal and Otto Porter develop. They are going to be a team to watch in the East next season.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    God speed Hump. Would have loved to see him in green next year but it just doesn’t make sense for either party. Guy is solid and he should do great for the Wiz.

    • lphboston - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      Agree 100 per cent.
      KH played hard all the time and never complained about playing time.
      Forget the Kardashian nonsense. Kris is a good guy and will be an excellent back-of-the-rotation big for the Wizards. Good signing.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        Hump would have been perfect with the Celtics teams trying to get over the hump (haha).

      • duhwighthoward - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        You guys have been treated to some pretty pathetic basketball in Boston if you think Kris Humphries is a decent player.

        Just a dumb athlete. Possibly the least skilled player currently in the NBA.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        “Possibly the least skilled player currently in the NBA.”

        Hasheem Thabeet is outraged you’d say something like that about some other player.

  2. loubearkane - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    He had Miami written all over him. Nice replacement for Booker.

    • realfootballfan - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:05 PM

      Yep, I thought Riley or maybe even Phil would run at him.

  3. bealwithit - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Team option on the 3rd year.

    Wizards get a solid big, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY add yet another contract that can come off the books in 2016.

    #KD2DC

    • loubearkane - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      #KD2DC

      See that going viral

      • bigbenh8tr - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        First good off season in years. Now we just need a coach

  4. thegonz13 - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Congratulations on your new contract, Kris!

    – Kim Kardashian

    • apkyletexas - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      She made more cash off their wedding than he will off this three year contract. Crazy world.

    • patfic5 - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Please keep the skanks name outta this conversation.

    • milkcan44 - Jul 15, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Having been “schooled” by a Kardashian, this guy is no Wizard from the neck up.

  5. csbanter - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Hump, Nene and Gortat are basically the same type of player. 14 points 10 rebounds on most nights, those numbers are good, but that puts a lot of pressure on Wall and Beal to score. Hopefully Pierce has enough left.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 15, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Man, give Hump the open shot on the elbow and he will do work. For better or worse, he does not shoot every time he touches the ball. He is who he is and he will be worth more than what the Wiz are paying him.

    • urodaddy07 - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      That’s al you need from your big guys. They will also give rebounding and rim protection. Plus these guys run the floor and play hard. 14 and 10? We’ll take that!

    • duhwighthoward - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      No, Nene ate the supposed best defensive player (and MVP runner-up)’s lunch during the playoffs.

      Kris Humphries is to basketball what a pothole is to driving.

      And you sir, are giving an amoeba a run for its money on intelligence!

      • simoneauchristopher5 - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:26 PM

        You’re a f**king moron, duuuhwight. I think I heard your mom calling. Must be bedtime.

      • duhwighthoward - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:24 PM

        @simonalvintheodore,

        Why am I the moron?

        Every day children mimic the moves of their favorite NBA players. But not one child in America has ever mimicked Kris Humphries.

        That’s not my mom calling. It’s yours. And yes, she wants me to come to bed with her.

  6. justjay128 - Jul 15, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    Great pick-up! Was never much of a fan and until he came to Boston, but the guy plays hard and practices hard. In a season of extreme lows for Celtics fans, it was refreshing to see a guy like him that didn’t seem to have a chance of being a part of the rebuild play soo hard every night. With more minutes, he can again be the double double machine he was in New Jersey before he became the laughing stock due to the Kardashion fiasco.

  7. hdsnake867 - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Hump is one of the most underrated players in the NBA. Good luck to him in DC.

  8. simoneauchristopher5 - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Celtics get another trade exemption for a guy who they had no plans on re-signing. Bayliss will get the S&T treatment next, & then we’ll see 2 huge deals from Boston. They may just look like cost cutting moves, but that’s ok. They have a plan & it is working.

    • mazblast - Jul 16, 2014 at 12:41 AM

      I don’t doubt that they have a plan. Whether it will work is too soon to say, Nostradamus.

  9. bmadormo - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Wizards need the depth up front and say what u want about Kris- the guy plays hard all the time. He plays good D and plays with an attitude. Leave the scoring to John-Bradley- Nene- Gortat and others. Good pickup and it keeps 2016 clean

  10. realfootballfan - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Now, the Wizards are cooking up something. If Wall doesn’t disappear again in crunch time of the playoffs, this team might really be onto something as they’re systematically building a team because despite him being Mr. Kardashian and all of the punchlines, Humphries is a good in-the-trenches role player.

  11. genericcommenter - Jul 15, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    I still remember when idiots who knew nothing about sports were saying he was using Kardashian for her money. I know Ray J makes a decent chunk off the porno, but I doubt it comes close to the $60+ million in guaranteed NBA salary Kris Humphries has banked.

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