One of the Washington Wizards’ biggest needs this offseason was their need for a backup big man. Now that Trevor Booker reportedly joined the Utah Jazz, the Wizards had to find a way to acquire a third big man.
So, they addressed the need today.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! the Wizards have agreed to a deal with free agent Kris Humphries.
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
The Wizards and Charlotte Hornets were reportedly the front runners to land Kris Humphries, but after Charlotte signed Marvin Williams, it seemed like Humphries could end up in the nation’s capital.
Prior to the 2012-2013 NBA season, Kris Humphries averaged a double-double and was certainly a serviceable big man. He’s taken a step back, mostly because his role has been reduced, but he’s still very capable of putting up good numbers.
Kris Humphries shot the ball very well from mid-range with the Boston Celtics last season, and he’ll give the Wizards another offensive weapon, especially with John Wall in pick-and-roll situations. Kris Humphries is also an above average rebounding big man, despite being undersized. Basically, he should be an upgrade over Trevor Booker, who was limited offensively throughout his four years in Washington.
Washington will likely use a portion of their $8.5 trade exception that they received in a sign-and-trade involving Trevor Ariza to acquire Kris Humphries.
Nene’s inability to stay healthy has been well documented, so having a player that could step in and fill the void was very important for Washington. Kris Humphries will be that guy.
Trevor Booker was a class act and helped give Washington fans hope with his energy and pride, so it’ll certainly be sad to see him go, but at this point, I think it was important for Washington get more talented.
Welcome to the Washington Wizards, Kris Humphries.