NBA Rumors: Cavaliers Smart to Say No to Kris Humphries' Contract Demands
The Cleveland Cavaliers have made some terrible personnel decisions in the past, but they are right on the money about not wanting to sign Kris Humphries to a long-term contract.
The Cavaliers are being mentioned as a possible third team in an Orlando Magic/Brooklyn Nets trade that would ultimately send Dwight Howard to the Nets. If you believe Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, there could even be a fourth team yet to be named.
As part of this deal, "Cleveland would receive Orlando's Quentin Richardson, Brooklyn's Sundiata Gaines, Humphries (on a one-year guaranteed deal), a first-round pick and $3 million from the Nets," while sending Luke Walton and his $6 million contract to the Magic.
There's a big problem with this proposed trade, though, according to Akron Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd, who writes:
Fegan [Humphries' agent] told Sports Illustrated on Monday that talk of a one year guaranteed deal for Humphries is "ridiculous" and that at no point has he negotiated a deal for just one year.
That could be a sticking point for the Cavs. Humphries doesn't fit into their long-term plan, so they wouldn't want to be on the hook to pay him beyond this coming season. Their involvement in this deal is simply to make the salaries work and they'll pick up another pick in the process.
The Cavs would be foolish to take on Humphries for more than one year.
They have a chance to actually make strides towards building a respectable franchise now with Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller, and accepting a long-term contract for a player they don't even really want would be asinine.
Should the Cavaliers accept the deal if Humphries accepts a one-year contract?
As Lloyd alludes, they are only really interested in the draft pick.
It's easy for fans and columnists to get excited about the possibility of Dwight Howard going to the Nets. Unfortunately, working out a way for this idea to become reality has proven and will continue to prove to be quite challenging.
The Cavaliers aren't going to just acquiesce to the deal just because it'll make the Eastern Conference more interesting, though. They are rightfully looking after their own interests, and as things stand right now, the D12 to Nets deal isn't going anywhere unless the Cavaliers get what they want.
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