The Boston Celtics have lost one of the players obtained in last year’s blockbuster trade involving Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. According to a report by NBC Sports Monday, power forward Kris Humphries has signed a three-year, $13 million deal with the Washington Wizards. The deal is reported to be part of a sign-and-trade deal with the Celtics.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that the agreement is still being finalized between the two teams in order to fit Humphries’ deal into the salary cap. In return the Celtics could receive part of the trade exception the Wizards earned with Houston as part of a sign-and-trade deal for Trevor Ariza. The Celtics will also receive a future protected second-round pick along with the trade exception.
The signing of Humphries is a solid one for the Wizards, as he will provide depth to a frontcourt of Marcin Gortat and Nene. Despite receiving ridicule for being the ex-husband of Kim Kardashian, Humphries is a solid rebounder who can score. He will also provide physicality and add more experience to a Wizards team that is emerging as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.
Ironically, Humphries will play with Pierce, one of the players he was traded for in the much-noted deal between the Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. During his time with the Celtics, Humphries averaged 8.4 points per game and was solid on the defensive end. Although the Celtics are thin the power forward and center position, the team did not have plans to re-sign Humphries.
Instead of allowing the 29-year-old center to walk for nothing, the Celtics will add more assets as Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge continues to add pieces that can be used in larger deals. The Celtics have Tyler Zeller at center with Vitor Faverani and Colton Iverson fighting for a backup role. The team also has Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass who are undersized, but can play the center position.