Brooklyn Nets: Kris Humphries Officially out of Rotation in Brooklyn
It would be fair to name Kris Humphries as one of the league's most renowned players. While his skill doesn't merit such recognition, it is more to do with his tumultuous "wedding" to Kim Kardashian in past years.
Whether it be the aforementioned err in judgement, this hilarious referee defense, his recent altercation with Rajon Rondo or Humphries' silencing of the crowd (which doesn't quite have the allure of a clutch play), there always seems to be a problem with the forward's PR.
According to ESPNNewYork.com, there is yet another log being thrown on the fire.
Brooklyn Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo is focusing on using a 10-man roster, opting to give rookie Mirza Teletovic more playing time. Andray Blatche's solid play this season—10.0 points and 5.3 rebounds—has surprised many, thus making Humphries expendable.
With Reggie Evan's one-sided play, Teletovic's all-around offensive game makes a formidable duo at power forward. He has a great spot-up game, as his high-release and high-arcing jumpers help space out the offense.
Humphries has a reliable shot, but doesn't possess the consistency or range that Teletovic has. His rebounding remains his best skill (5.9 rebounds in 18.4 minutes this season), but the aforementioned Evans has that department locked down.
The 6'9" forward has seen his minutes drop monthly, from as many as 24.7 in November to just 8.0 in March. The Nets are also 7-2 in games without him, making Carlesimo's decision to bench Humphries understandable.
Is benching Kris Humphries a good move for the Nets?
The sensitivity of the situation remains to be seen, however, as the big man went through a similar situation with former Nets coach Avery Johnson, stating (via Newsday):
"Anybody wants to start and play as much as possible, so you are obviously frustrated. But it's about more than one player."
If he carries the same attitude about this recent benching, it could prove difficult for the team going forward.
Brooklyn did push to move Humphries at the trade deadline, but could not find a suitor. It is unlikely the team will waive his $24 million deal, as it will become a valuable commodity in the offseason.
Teams are always on the lookout for expiring contracts, and trading Humphries in July will most likely be the Nets' solution.
It is unfortunate for the forward, as he showed loyalty by re-signing with the team last season. However, his use has diminished with this core, and he will most likely be on his way out in the near future.
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