The Washington Wizards have re-signed Marcin Gortat to a 5-year deal, and by doing so, they’ve locked up their starting center position. With that said, the Wizards don’t have much depth at the front court positions and will likely acquire another backup big man, especially if Trevor Booker decides to walk this summer.
According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards have emerged as the favorites to sign free agent Kris Humphries.
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) July 7, 2014
Jared Zwerling reported earlier that the Miami Heat, Hornets and Wizards were expressing interest in signing Kris Humphries, but now that Josh McRoberts agreed to a deal with the Heat, the Hornets or Wizards could land Humphries.
Kris Humphries averaged a double-double for two consecutive seasons prior to the 2012-2013 NBA season. Humphries is more well known for his life off the court, but he’s been a serviceable player for quite some time. Kris Humphries is capable of starting and playing as the primary backup big man, so even though Nene will start, he’ll inevitably miss some time and Humphries could be able start in his absence.
Kris Humphries is an above average rebounder and has surprisingly shot the ball well from mid-range, which would make him a pick-and-pop threat with John Wall. Kris Humphries would likely be a replacement for Trevor Booker, but I wouldn’t expect him to get a deal less than the mid-level exception.
Now that Josh McRoberts is gone, the Hornets could use a player like Kris Humphries, but they’re also expected to develop both Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh. If Kris Humphries is looking for a bigger role, he’d probably get that chance in Washington.
I don’t know if Kris Humphries would be my first choice, especially since players like DeJuan Blair are expected to get cheaper deals this summer, but I wouldn’t mind if he suited up in a Wizards uniform next season. He rebounds and could give the Wizards some athleticism off the bench, which is something they desperately needed last season.