Ainge not ready to commit to Humphries contract

Ainge not ready to commit to Humphries contract
April 17, 2014, 11:45 am
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The Celtics walked off the court for the final time of the 2013-14 season Wednesday night, losers for the 57th time.

Some of them will walk back on it for the team's home opener next season, but there will certainly be some that will not - at least not in a C's jersey.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge has plenty of decisions to make over this offseason for a team that isn't trying to prolong the rebuilding phase. Fans want to see a better product - and so does the front office.

But before C's players head off for the summer, they'll all meet with Ainge and discuss the future. Ainge told 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher & Rich Show that by today, he'll have met with every player on the team.

That includes the guys under contract as well as the unrestricted free agents like Kris Humphries.

Humphries had a solid season for the C's after being traded over in the offseason. He averaged 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds over 69 games - and could have raised those averages with more playing time. But despite his small-to-nonexistent role early on, Humphries kept his head held high and kept the right attitude.

That certainly didn't go unnoticed by Ainge.

"Kris had a really good year," Ainge told Toucher & Rich. "I think he was a bright spot. He was a good teammate, he was a good player, he was productive, a terrific shooter from the mid-range, gave great energy and effort. Had to play out of position a lot of the year by playing center. Did an outstanding job."

But despite doing and saying all the right things, Humphries is by no means guaranteed to be back - despite the fact that he does want to return. Ainge could certainly see that happening, or he could see him being part of another deal.

"Kris is a guy that very well could be on our team next year," Ainge said. "He has been a free agent and at a $12 million dollar salary also has a chance to hit a jackpot again on a sign-and-trade possibility. His contract could be valuable in acquiring future assets for other teams. So he gets it all. He understands it. He wouldn't come back to us with a $12 million dollar salary, it would be some much reduced number, but Kris understands the business. We've talked to him  numerous times throughout the course of the year. He gets it. He's on board, and knows that it's sort of up in the air and there's quite a few different possibilities for him this summer."