Updates from Saturday, July 19
The Wizards officially announced the signing of Kris Humphries:
Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has acquired forward Kris Humphries from Boston in exchange for a protected 2015 second round draft pick.
"Kris is a proven veteran and will be a versatile addition to our frontcourt, giving us the option to use him as either a power forward or a center," said Grunfeld. "His ability to run the floor, rebound and score from both inside and outside make him a good fit for our roster."
After 10 seasons in the NBA with five different organizations, Kris Humphries has found a new home by signing a three-year deal with the Washington Wizards via a sign-and-trade on Tuesday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Kris Humphries has agreed to a three-year, $13M deal with Washington, league source tells Yahoo Sports. Team option on third year.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 15, 2014
Washington, Boston have completed sign-and-trade for Kris Humphries, source says. Boston gets a trade exception and protected 2nd round pick— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 15, 2014
Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report previously reported the deal was likely to come to fruition:
Source: Celtics & Wizards working on a sign-and-trade involving Kris Humphries. Deal will be in the 3-year, $13.5 miil range. Not done yet.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 15, 2014
Wojnarowski also reported on the trade talks:
Boston's had only prelim talks on sign-and-trade, but appears willing to take on exception to ease Wiz deal w/ Humphries, source says.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 15, 2014
Zach Lowe of Grantland weighed in on the addition of Humphries in Washington:
Humphries at that price is a nice signing for the Wiz. Quality backup big.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 15, 2014
Humphries, 29, has been an effective reserve player during his various stops in the league. The 6'9", 235-pound forward has recorded 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting 47 percent from the field in his career.
He may not have much of his first-round pedigree remaining, but Humphries is still very serviceable as a frontcourt rotational piece.
Last season with the Boston Celtics, Humphries averaged 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while shooting 50.1 percent from the field. He put up these solid numbers despite averaging 19.9 minutes per game.
Upon Humphries' arrival in Boston, point guard Rajon Rondo had some very high praise for the forward, according to the Celtics' official Twitter account:
Humphries not only brings a solid rim-attacking game to the Wizards, but he also succeeds on the defensive end of the court as well. His size and physicality allow him to hold his ground against larger opponents, leading to fewer points in the paint and blocked shots.
The Celtics reminded everyone on Twitter exactly what Humphries did for the team last season:
Kris Humphries threw down 35 dunks & blocked 31 shots this season. Watch some the best of each in his highlight reel: http://t.co/tn3UjQ7ZSs— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 13, 2014
As a big man who is comfortable with the ball in his hands, Humphries can be utilized in different ways on offense.
Though he's closing in on 30 years old, he still has plenty left in the tank. While he's capable of playing more minutes, he hasn't logged more than 20 per game in either of the past two seasons. He's a fresh, durable player who can contribute in a smaller role.
Humphries will be a solid contributor for a Washington squad looking to take the next step in a weakened Eastern Conference field.