NBA Rumors: Kris Humphries Provides Brooklyn Nets Much-Needed Defensive Presence

Taylor GiffinCorrespondent IIJuly 14, 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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With the Brooklyn Nets most likely out of the running for the acquisition of Dwight Howard, it is important that they now turn their attention to re-signing Kris Humphries to solidify their defense.

According to Howard Beck of the New York Times, it looks like they are well on their way to completing that deal.

"General Manager Billy King (of the Brooklyn Nets) said a deal with Humphries was 'close,' but added, 'It's a process,'" Beck wrote.

Humphries has reportedly been in talks with two teams: the Charlotte Bobcats and the Brooklyn Nets. Even though all signs would point to him re-signing with his team from last year, there are still offers on the table that he will have to consider.

Marc Stein of ESPN tweeted the rumored offers that each of the two teams interested in Humphries have made:

Numbers circulating in Kris Humphries' bidding war: Word is Nets offering three-year deal worth $24 mil; Bobcats offering three years, $22M

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2012


With the rest of the starting five all set for the start of the 2012-13 season, locking up Kris Humphries should be the next thing on the Nets' to-do list. And it should be done sooner rather than later.


So far, they will have Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez all starting on the floor once the first game of the season rolls around. All that is missing is a player to fill the power forward role, and Humphries is the perfect fit.

The skills that he would be able to bring to the Nets is well worth the paycheck that they should be giving him.

Howard Beck of the New York Times pointed out that one of the main reasons for concern surrounding the Brooklyn Nets next year is their rebounding and defensive depth on the team. If they are able to sign and bring back Humphries to the team for next season, not only will they find their fifth starter, but they will also fill the supposed hole that the team has.

Last year, Humphries finished fifth in the NBA in rebounding. He managed to pull down an average of 11 boards a game.

Alex Raskin of also points out that Humphries' ability to cover the pick-and-roll on the defensive side of the court is invaluable. Brooke Lopez does not possess the same amount of speed that Humphries has on the court, and because of that, he is not able to cover pick-and-rolls as well as Humphries.

Humphries is a talented player who can play both sides of the ball. As Austin Green—a featured columnist on Bleacher Report—pointed out in one of his recent articles, his stats suggest that he is worth all the money the Nets may be willing to pay him.

"Last season, only three players averaged at least 13 points and 11 rebounds per game, while shooting at least 48 percent from the floor: Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum and Humphries."

The Brooklyn Nets hold the upper hand over the Charlotte Bobcats in their pursuit to sign the power forward. The reason for that is the fact that they hold his Bird rights—meaning they are able to exceed the salary cap in order to re-sign him.

It is not just the Nets that seem to be interested in bringing back Humphries; he also seems to want to return to the team for next season. Tim Bontemps of the New York Post reported some of Nets general manager Billy King's comments from a recent press conference:

"He wants to be here," King said. "So now it's about making the deal work. We've got the ability to pay him more than anybody else. It's going to be a negotiation. But the goal is to bring him back."

In the end, the Nets need a power forward to fill the open position, and Kris Humphries presents the best option. He will be able to step into the team easily and already know what is expected of him after playing their last season.

He gives the Nets a little more solidification on the defensive side of the ball and will be able to pull in an average of 11 rebounds per game—assuming he keeps up the pace he had last year. He will also be able to put up points and make shots at a very good percent.

The Brooklyn Nets seem to be on the path to sign Kris Humphries. That will be a good thing for their team coming into the 2012-13 season, as he will be able to provide them that much-needed presence down low.