Josh Newman, SNYNets.com
Before Kris Humphries re-signed with the Nets last summer for two years and $24 million following his breakout 2011-12 season, the power forward considered going to the Charlotte Bobcats, who were reportedly offering him three years and $27 million.
If the latest news emerging from the rumor mill is true, the ninth-year power forward could end up in North Carolina after all.
Per a report from ESPN’s Chris Broussard late Friday afternoon, the Nets and Bobcats are in preliminary discussions on a deal that would send Humphries to the Bobcats in exchange for shooting guard Ben Gordon, a Mount Vernon, N.Y. native.
Talks are ongoing and nothing is imminent on a deal that would work financially. Humphries makes $12 million per season, while Gordon is making $12.4 million per season.
The proposed trade makes sense for both sides. The Nets would be willing to part with Humphries in part because Reggie Evans is a similar player, better rebounder this season and has emerged as the starter under interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo. A 41.7 percent 3-point shooter, Gordon would help a Nets team shooting just 34.8 percent from long range for the season. He is averaging 13.1 points per game in 43 games off the bench, but in only 22 minutes per game.
Additionally, Gordon, who has a $13.2 million player option for next season, would help spread the floor. As a poor shooting team from deep, defenses have been know to clog the lane against the Nets.
On the Bobcats’ side, they’re in the market for help up front, and Humphries would likely step in as the top big man on the Bobcats’ roster. Additionally, the Bobcats are likely of the belief that they could get away with Kemba Walker, Gerald Henderson and Ramon Sessions sharing backcourt minutes.
Once the lockout ended last season, Humphries re-upped with the Nets for one year and $8 million and proceeded to have a career year. As one of only five players league-wide to average a double-double, he averaged 13.8 points and 11.0 rebounds in 62 games while morphing into a full-time starter for ex-head coach Avery Johnson.
Since signing the two-year, $24 million Humphries has struggled, averaging just 6.0 and 6.4 rebounds in 41 games. As opposed to his 2011-12 season, this season’s numbers are closer to his career averages of 6.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
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