Report: Humphries signs 3-year, $13M deal with Wizards

Report: Humphries signs 3-year, $13M deal with Wizards
July 15, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Kris Humphries is a victim of circumstance when it comes to the Celtics.

He's the type of player they love -- hard-working, aggressive, respectable, dependable -- but with the way the team is currently constructed, there was simply no justifying re-signing him, despite the mutual interest at points.

Humphries is now a Washington Wizard. He has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $13 million deal with the Wizards, a deal that is being worked on through a sign-and-trade with the Celtics, according to Yahoo Sports. From Yahoo: The Wizards can send Boston part of the trade exception earned with Houston in a recent sign-and-trade deal for Trevor Ariza. (Danny "Assets" Ainge strikes again.)

Humphries couldn't have done much more in Boston to change the incoming negative perception of him.

After a dust-up with Rajon Rondo in the TD Garden stands two years ago, Humphries was part of trade package to Boston. His introductory press conference was . . . awkward . . .

And when the season started, Humphries was buried on the bench behind young forwards Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, and seemingly anybody else with a pulse.

What a waste, right? Wrong.

He finally got his chance, and made it extremely hard for coach Brad Stevens to keep him on the bench for long.

It turns out, Hump wasn't an ex-reality TV star punk. Not at all. He was a useful big man, and one who gave it his all out there. He hustled when called, hit his mid-range jumper more than you thought he would, and kept the right attitude even when it wasn't going his way. He finished the season averaging 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field in 19.9 minutes per game.

Well, now he'll do those things in Washington, D.C.

Humphries said he wanted to return to Boston . . . and maybe he would have if the Celtics had traded any of their young forwards in a bigger deal for Kevin Love. Although Humphries' deal is pretty reasonable, the C's didn't have room for him.

Meanwhile, the Wizards are looking strong. They signed former Celtics captain Paul Pierce over the weekend after losing Trevor Ariza, and re-signed Martin Gortat well before then. Trevor Booker signed a two-year deal with the Jazz earlier on Tuesday, so Humphries should be able to fill that role in the frontcourt admirably.