Yesterday, a report circulated that the Celtics were interested in bringing back free agent Kris Humphries, but today that appears to have changed.
The Boston Globe's Gary Washburn reported earlier today that Boston appears to be taking themselves out of the Kris Humphries market, leaving the Charlotte Hornets and the Washington Wizards as the front runners to land Hump:
#celtics appear to be taking themselves out of the Kris Humphries market, #hornets and #wizards are leaders, according to NBA source
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) July 7, 2014
Washburn reported Monday evening that with Boston withdrawing its interest, the Wizards and Hornets have emerged as the leaders to sign Humphries. Multiple reports previously indicated that the Celtics had contacted the 29-year-old earlier in free agency.
But for a roster that already has Brandon Bass and two young power forwards, Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger, Humphries was never a perfect fit. Some of his talents overlap with Bass', and, at least in the long term, the Celtics are probably better off dividing Humphries' minutes between the developing young guys.
Busting his way into the rotation after a series of early-season DNPs, Humphries averaged 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds over 19.9 minutes per game with the Celtics. He was good for Brad Stevens' club, he really was, providing hustle and rebounding and professionalism on a nightly basis.
While I wasn't a big fan of Humphries going into last season (mostly because of his scuffle with Rajon Rondo and the comments he made afterwards -- it had nothing to do with his Kardashian affiliation), his hard work on the court won me over (as well as his humor off the court), so it actually saddens me that the Celtics no longer seem to want to pursue re-signing Humphries.
Would you be happy to see Humphries go, or were you hoping the C's would re-sign him in free agency? Voice your opinion in the comments below.
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