Kris Humphries Re-Signs with Hawks: Contract Details, Analysis and Reaction

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIJuly 12, 2016

Atlanta Hawks forward Kris Humphries (43) walks off the court at the half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half of Game 3 of the second-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, May 6, 2016, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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The Atlanta Hawks retained a key player from their frontcourt rotation by re-signing free-agent big man Kris Humphries on Monday.

Humphries announced his return to Atlanta on Twitter:

Shams Charania of The Vertical reported Humphries' contract is a one-year deal worth $4 million.

Known throughout his career for crashing the glass and being a solid backup, Humphries is a journeyman who played for three different teams last season alone.

The Washington Wizards traded Humphries to the Phoenix Suns in February, but Phoenix waived him after reaching a buyout agreement. That's when the Hawks swooped in to sign the forward ahead of their playoff run.

KL Chouinard of the team's official website weighed in on Humphries' return:

Having expanded his shooting range in recent years, the 31-year-old has increased his value—and Atlanta saw enough from Humphries in only 21 regular-season games and four postseason contests to keep him around.

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The Hawks were hurting up front after the departure of Al Horford in free agency. Although they did sign a viable center in Dwight Howard, Humphries provides depth and is familiar with Atlanta's system, which should help his case for playing time.

In smaller lineups, Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer could opt to slide Humphries to the 5, giving the rotation more flexibility and keeping Howard fresher.