Although the Washington Wizards are still focused on retaining their core pieces from their recent successful season, they will eventually have to fill out the rest of their roster.
Prior to the beginning of the free agency period, two of the Wizards’ most glaring weaknesses was their lack of backup guard and front court depth. Now that they’re getting Professor Andre Miller back for at least one more season, the Wizards will have to find a way to address their need for a solid backup big man, especially if Trevor Booker decides to walk this summer.
The Wizards are expected to have the mid-level exception to spend, and in most cases, it will take at least that much to acquire a solid big man in what has become a scarce pool of players playing the front court positions.
Kris Humphries, an unrestricted free agent, is apparently on the Washington Wizards’ radar.
In addition to Anthony Morrow & Marvin Williams, Heat is in play for Kris Humphries. Also hearing Wiz, Celtics & Hornets emerging for Kris.
— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 6, 2014
Prior to being relegated to the bench during the ’12-13 NBA season, Kris Humphries averaged over 10 points and 10 rebounds for two consecutive seasons and actually put up a double-double in less than 28 minutes per game during the 2012 season. Despite being more well known for his life off the court, Kris Humphries has always been a pretty solid NBA player and is capable of both starting and coming off the bench.
Given Nene’s injury history, the Wizards should expect the Brazilian big man to miss at least a few games next season and having Kris Humphries start along side Marcin Gortat in those situations wouldn’t be a bad plan. Humphries is an above average rebounder and surprisingly shot the ball very well from the mid-range area last season, which would make him a pick-and-pop threat with John Wall.
Kris Humphries is going to get interest from other teams around the NBA, including contending teams, but I certainly wouldn’t mind if he suited up for the Wizards next season. Humphries’ game seems to fit the Wizards perfectly and he could become a major contributor in the nation’s capital.