Jan 23, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries (43) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. The Nets defeated the Timberwolves 91-83. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Rumor: Nets And Bobcats In Talks About Humphries For Gordon Swap


According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Bobcats have engaged in talks involving Kris Humphries and Ben Gordon. After signing a two-year, 24 million dollar deal this past offseason, Humphries has fallen out of favor in Brooklyn, and was benched before former head coach Avery Johnson’s firing. Humphries is currently averaging 6.0 points and 6.4 rebounds while averaging 19.9 points per game.

The Nets do not need to make this move. With just one year remaining after this season, the Nets can receive more than just Ben Gordon in a trade for Humphries. At 27 years old, Humphries is still one of the better rebound per minute players in the league, ranking 14th in rebounds per 48 minutes. If Brooklyn want to make any noise in the playoffs, Humphries will have to be a vital part to the second unit. In the midst of a disappointing season, Humphries is still averaging 10.8 points and 11.6 rebounds per 36 minutes. Ben Gordon does provide an explosive scorer off the bench, and he’s averaging 13.1 points on 44% shooting this season, but he’s been too hit-and-miss his entire career this season, and removing Kris would leave Brooklyn with a frontcourt rotation of Brook Lopez, Reggie Evans, Andray Blatche, and at times, Gerald Wallace at the four. The Nets simply cannot win games with those four rotating between the power forward and center position.

If the Nets would like to increase their bench scoring production, perhaps the Nets would like to try different offensive packages mixing up starters and subs. A couple of Deron Williams-C.J. Watson sets, and more playing time for Marshon Brooks once he gets to 100%.



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  • Jonah

    I think this trade will make sense for both teams. With Lopez, Blatche, Evans, Teletovic, Humphries, and maybe Wallace, the Nets need to get rid of one big guy and Humphries makes the most sense. Although Gordon is known as someone who chucks up too many shots, he is shooting 42% from 3 this year, an excellent number, and someone who the Nets can use. The Nets have been missing a lot of jump shots recently and Gordon can help fix that. Also, Gordon is still in his prime at only 29 years old and he has an opt-out in his contract after this year, so it’s possible the Nets can use him as a salary dump. Additionally, I would be interested to see how Gordon would play on a pretty good team where he doesn’t have to be one of the go-to guys. The last time he was on a good team, he was averaging 20 ppg in Chicago and although he will probably never return to that production, he could be a nice bench player for Brooklyn.

    • http://twitter.com/Quentin_Haynes Quentin Haynes

      First, thanks for reading. Two things

      I think Hump is more valuable than Gordon. He’s just 27 years old, and he’s still one of the best rebounders in the league per 48 minutes. Moving him right now is moving him while his value is at his lowest point. As good as Gordon is, I think the Nets wouldn’t even consider him if Watson was shooting better, and if Brooks was 100%.

      I think your list of bigs is part of the issue. I think Teletovic should be a used as a small forward, and yet, the Nets have yet to use him at that position. I think the Nets need to first consider him at the three with a Wallace-Lopez 4-5 combo to see if he can shoot better. If he doesn’t improve, then go into the offseason with the idea to make a move and Hump’s expiring contract. Swapping Hump for Gordon gives you a super small bench backcourt, and it doesn’t exactly make you better to me.