Unfortunately for GM Billy King and the Nets, Humphries isn't too keen on receiving anything but a multi-year deal, according to SI.com:
"That's ridiculous," agent Dan Fegan said. "I have not had one conversation about a one-year deal."
When asked to clarify, Fegan said Humphries was seeking a deal guaranteeing more than one year.
Humphries has been the whipping boy of the entire country since his short-lived marriage with (somehow) celebrity Kim Kardashian.
While the 27-year-old Minnesota native didn't enjoy long-term success in his first marital relationship, he has been able to prove his worth as a quality basketball player.
As part of the proposed three-team trade between the Nets, Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers, Humphries would likely receive a multi-year contract—as is required in sign-and-trade deals—but only the first year would be guaranteed.
According to the SI.com report, the Cavs haven't expressed the willingness to sign Humphries to a contract with more than one season guaranteed.
The Cavs can make whatever decision they want, but the fact of the matter is that Humphries has played well enough to deserve a multi-year contract. He has a bad public reputation because of his personal life, but he's an extremely serviceable big man.
Of course, you know exactly what you're going to get out of Humphries: a down-low banger who works hard on the glass. Not much more, not much less.
He's good at what he does, though.
Once reports he and Kardashian were all but done surfaced, Humphries began to play better than he ever had.
Could it be that he's out to make her regret her decision? Who knows. But a player on a mission is a player you don't want to play against on the court.
He had a career year with the Nets last season, in which he put up 13.8 points and 11 rebounds per game. He had Deron Williams on his side and not much competition on his team, but he started all but four games for the team in 2011-12.
The season before that, he averaged 10 points and 10.4 rebounds.
In today's NBA, we see all the wrong players get ridiculous contracts. Humphries isn't asking for a king's ransom. He's asking for a multi-year deal.
He signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Nets prior to last season, so three years, $18 million wouldn't be completely irrational. Now, if Humphries comes out and asks for three years, $24 million, or four years, $30 million-plus, he has another thing coming.
Humphries is worth a multi-year contract, but he's not worth sacrificing the financial future of a team.
A contender would be wise to take a chance on Humphries and offer him a moderately priced multi-year deal. The team that offers the most years is likely to acquire his services, regardless of the monetary sum, as this will likely be the only big contract of Humphries' career.