NBA Trade Rumors: Brooklyn Nets Can't Let Kris Humphries Escape to Bobcats

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistJuly 13, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 23:  Kris Humphries #43 (C) of the New Jersey Nets fights for rebound position against Andre Iguodala #9 and Elton Brand (R) #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers at Prudential Center on April 23, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. Tonight's game is the last home game the Nets will play in New Jersey since the franchise will being moving and will play it's home games at the Barclays Center in the New York City Borough of Brooklyn starting with the 2012-13 NBA season. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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Despite all the moves that the Brooklyn Nets have made this offseason, the team still needs to upgrade at the power forward position. 

Either allowing Kris Humprhies to escape as an unrestricted free agent and sign with the Charlotte Bobcats or completing a sign-and-trade would be the worst thing that Brooklyn could do right now. 

According to the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell though, the Bobcats are trying to acquire the former Mr. Kardashian once more: 

Exclusive: The #Bobcats are re-engaged in acquiring Kris Humphries to upgrade their power forward spot, an informed source tells Observer.

— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) July 12, 2012

While it would be a great move for Charlotte, the Nets can't afford for this to happen. 

Right now, the power forward rotation—assuming that Gerald Wallace is playing small forward out of necessity—is comprised of Mirza Teletovic and Reggie Evans. 

Teletovic is an intriguing import from Bosnia, a sharp-shooter with terrific range and a great stroke. He'll be an asset on the offensive end of the court, especially running pick-and-pops with Deron Williams. 

However, Teletovic struggles immensely on defense, and he's not exactly a threat to crash the boards. With a center like Brook Lopez who refuses to rebound, this isn't a good combination. 

Moreover, a contender shouldn't be depending on a first-year import in the starting lineup, no matter how promising he may appear. 

The other power forward is Reggie Evans, a rebounding monster who doesn't really do anything else on the court. He's a great role player, but nothing more. 

Humphries, for all the unnecessary vitriol directed his way, is a solid all-around player. He's coming of a season in which he averaged 13.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game with a PER of 17.98. 

With his energy level and improved defensive play, I'd go as far as saying he's one of the more underrated players in the league. 

More importantly, Humphries is a perfect fit for the squad because he doesn't need to score but—unlike Evans—can when asked to, and he's a monster on the boards. 

It might take some convincing, but the Nets must attempt to retain his services for at least the 2012-13 season.