Kris Humphries: Underachieving Nets Forward Needs New Environment to Shine

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Kris Humphries: Underachieving Nets Forward Needs New Environment to Shine
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Kris Humphries is the latest NBA player to be dangled on the trading block.

Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer said the Charlotte Bobcats and Brooklyn Nets have had discussions about a trade that would ship Humphries out of town and bring Ben Gordon to the Barclays Center.

If true, the move would be a godsend for Humphries, who has seen his minutes rapidly decrease throughout the course of the season.

Last summer, the power forward earned a two-year, $24 million deal after averaging a double-double per game in two consecutive seasons.

Humphries can play defense, too.

But 2013 hasn’t been kind to big man. He has fallen out of favor with the Nets' former and current coaching staffs and found himself relegated to near-reserve status on the team's bench.

That’s a very big dollar amount for the Nets, who consider themselves contenders, to have sitting on their bench game in and game out.

A move for Humphries seems like the best—no, the only—option for both parties. Brooklyn will benefit by bringing in some backcourt help, and Humphries will get some much-needed playing time on a team that could better utilize his talents.

More minutes will allow the big man to regain his previous form and build a rapport with his new teammates. The resulting team chemistry is key in this game. At least that’s what Dwight Howard says.

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This is a common look for Humphries in 2012-13.

More than anything, he just needs minutes on the floor in order to bring himself back to the dominant down-low presence he was becoming prior to this season.

Charlotte is a good destination for him, too. Former first-round draft pick Bismack Biyombo has lived up to his calling by strictly being a defensive option for the team, offering little to nothing on the offensive end of the court.

In fact, the team’s offensive production from the power forward position leaves much to be desired. Humphries, if he lands there, would be a perfect fit because of his ability to be effective on both ends of the court.

Adding a player like him to a young and budding core of talent like Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a very attractive option for the Bobcats.

It’s also attractive for Humphries, who will undoubtedly respond by producing on the court once given regular minutes with his new teammates.

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