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%.