It looks as if Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries' nightmarish 2012-13 season may be finishing outside the famous New York City borough.
Sources: Nets & Bobcats discussing Ben Gordon for Kris Humphries trade. Nothing imminent but talks ongoing. Story on espn.con shortly— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 8, 2013
The New York Times' Howard Beck confirmed the two sides have been talking, though nothing is "concrete" at this time:
Can confirm discussions of a Humphries-Ben Gordon swap, as reported by @chris_broussard. "Nothing concrete" at this point, per source.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeckNYT) February 8, 2013
Though Beck reports that nothing is imminent, Humphries for Gordon is a straightforward deal if the teams want to make it. According to ESPN's NBA Trade Machine, the two players can be moved without any other assets having to exchange hands.
The move also seems advantageous to both sides from a basketball standpoint.
Humphries is averaging only 6.0 points and 6.4 rebounds per game in 2012-13 after emerging with a nightly double-double in each of the past two seasons with the Nets. His ineffective play has put him on the fringes of P.J. Carlesimo's rotation, as Humphries has played fewer than 10 minutes in three of Brooklyn's past four games.
With the emergence of Andray Blatche and Reggie Evans as a solid twosome at the power-forward spot, Humphries is an expendable asset.
And if Charlotte seems like a random destination for Humphries, you didn't pay too much attention during the summer months. The Bobcats pursued Humphries hard over the summer, but he ultimately chose to stay in Brooklyn.
Gordon hasn't had quite the downfall of Humphries in 2012-13, but his situation is quite similar. The Bobcats have an influx of young players on the wing, including first-round pick Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Gordon's presence is taking away precious minutes from their development.
On the other hand, Charlotte doesn't have the same developmental needs on the inside and ranks 29th in rebound rate. That's something Humphries could help fix instantly. Brooklyn has also been forced to play C.J. Watson and MarShon Brooks consistent minutes despite their poor play, so Gordon could fit quite nicely as a bench option.
Though no deal is in place yet, this seems like a mutually beneficial transaction for both sides. Now all that's left is actually pulling the trigger.