Marc Stein reports that the Nets and Bobcats are the two teams left in the running to sign power forward Kris Humphries. The Nets offer for The Hump is reportedly 3 years/$24 million, while the Bobcats’ offer is $2 million less. If Humphries chooses to go to Charlotte, the Nets can get some pieces back in a sign-and-trade.
I am glad that the Nets are finally showing interest in their most consistent player from last season. The Hump showed up every night and was no question the best rebounder on the team at only 6’9. Before now, Kris was a piece in a trade for Dwight Howard, but now there is a good chance that he will return to the team that first gave him a chance to really succee in the NBA.
In my opinion, the Nets have no choice but to bring Humphries back. If they can’t resign him, their starting power forward and center will likely be Mirza Teletovic and Brook Lopez. The best rebounder on the floor will be Gerald Wallace at only 6’7, and that’s not good. Bringing Humphries back allows Teletovic to move into the 6th man role, which is even more important now that Gerald Green has went to Indiana, and it balances out the starting lineup. Expect The Hump to be in a Nets uniform on opening night in Brooklyn.