Kris Humphries: Brooklyn Nets Forward Would Be Perfect Fit for Charlotte Bobcats
ESPN's Chris Broussard broke the news that the two teams are in talks, with the Bobcats planning on sending Ben Gordon to the Nets in exchange for Humphries:
The Nets and Bobcats have had discussions about a trade that would send Charlotte's Ben Gordon to Brooklyn for Kris Humphries, according to league sources.
The talks are ongoing, but sources said no trade is imminent.
It's been a far fall from grace for Humphries this season.
The 28-year-old was a double-double machine during his past two seasons with the Nets, averaging 10 points and 10.4 rebounds per game for the 2010-11 season and 13.8 points and 11 rebounds during the 2011-12 campaign.
In each of those seasons, Humphries averaged no less than 27 minutes per game.
Fast-forward to the 2012-13 season, and Humphries has seen his role diminish by the month.
He started out the season averaging 24.7 minutes per game in the month of November, but since then he's seen his minutes dwindle to just 10.5 per contest in February.
That can be blamed on lackluster play at the offensive end and the emergence of both Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche.
One of the most glaring weaknesses for the Bobcats this season has been their rebounding. Charlotte is ranked No. 24 in the NBA in rebounds per game (40.8), and its one of the many reasons why the Bobcats are the worst team in the NBA.
Humphries could help solve that problem if given the opportunity. If nothing else, Humphries has proven to be a stellar rebounder during his time in the league, and it seems the more minutes he gets, the more rebounds he averages.
In fact, Humph has finished in the top five in rebounds per game the last two seasons.
Granted, his rebound numbers with the Nets haven't been up to par this season, but again, his minutes have taken a nosedive.
Defense has also been a major issue for the Bobcats, as they are ranked dead last in the NBA in points allowed per game (103.3). Humphries will bring great energy and effort to that facet of Charlotte's game and would no doubt be an upgrade.
Gordon has been a solid contributor for the Bobcats during his time with the team, but he's more of a win-now kind of player to have, and the Bobcats simply aren't there yet. What Charlotte does need is a player who can help in some of the more fundamental aspects of the game, and Humphries is just the man to do it.
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