HoopsHype Kris Humphries rumors

April 9, 2014 Updates

Despite the circus in New York, Humphries put up the most consistent numbers of his career, averaging a double-double in each of the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Given minutes this season, he’s found similar consistency. Humphries has said he would like to return — a surprise, considering he will be courted by playoff teams when his contract expires on June 30. Agent Arn Tellem has held preliminary talks with Celtics president Danny Ainge, understanding that the team can’t predict its direction right now. Boston Herald

April 3, 2014 Updates

Ainge also revealed Thursday that he had talked to forward Kris Humphries about the possibility of coming back next season. Humphries, who is making $12 million this year, will be a free agent after the season. “I have had a few conversations with Kris," said Ainge. "Because he's been with us all year, he was with us in the summer and all this year. Kris sort of knows where we are as an organization and he knows we like him. And he knows there is a lot of uncertainty, depending on which direction we choose to go this summer. None of us now. But he knows we like him, his coaches and teammates like him, we just can’t make any promises yet.” Boston Globe

March 16, 2014 Updates

Asked later about the frustration from mounting losses, he said, "I think, like anything in life, you want to work hard and have success. Same thing here." Humphries has often been asked about enduring this transition season. He knew what likely lay ahead when he arrived in Boston as part of the Nets blockbuster in July, but he refused to accept it. "We're going to try to win and that's what we do," Humphries said earlier this month after a loss. "We're not focused on the last loss. If you accept losing, you become a loser and it's hard to come to your job. We're just trying to win the next game." ESPN.com

February 24, 2014 Updates

Gary Washburn: A NBA source said there has been no buyout talks between #celtics and Kris Humphries. It looks like Hump will be in Boston rest of season Twitter @GwashburnGlobe

Chris Forsberg: Kris Humphries had a tech rescinded vs. SAC (double tech w/Cousins); after initial league review, Brad Stevens' 1st tech stands for now. Twitter @ESPNForsberg

February 20, 2014 Updates

Regardless of whether Wallace or Humphries remain in Boston past Thursday, they have remained professionals, which is commendable. “Obviously, the more you play the more you come to understand how the cap works and people trying to clear space and get under luxury tax and that stuff,” Humphries said. “Your goal is to be as successful as possible for myself and my team . . . So, that’s my focus.” When asked after 10 years whether he’s ever been content in this league, Humphries said: “I don’t know if I’ve ever found what I’m looking for.” Boston Globe

February 19, 2014 Updates

All that said, a few trades are almost sure to be made this week and perhaps even some significant ones. For those who feast on the deadline rumor mill, be thankful for the relentlessly restless Boston Celtics GM Danny Ainge. The Celtics, league sources say, are mining interest in both Jeff Green and Rajon Rondo, looking for an up-and-coming player and a first-round pick for starters on each. (The hope is to unload Kris Humphries and his $12 million salary in the process.) Bleacher Report

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February 14, 2014 Updates

According to a rival general manager, Ainge’s perceived mission is to hold onto his nuclear stockpile of first-round draft picks — nine, possibly 10, in the next five years — and take back as little salary as possible. Anyone from Brandon Bass to Kris Humphries, or maybe both, may not make it to Los Angeles next week. The Celtics’ situation is that fluid. And in the meantime, Ainge’s team yearns to somehow get better. Boston Herald

February 13, 2014 Updates

The ever entertaining Jimmy Toscano wandered the locker room asking various Celtics which Winter Olympics event they’d most like to enter, and Kris Humphries offered the best response (Rajon Rondo a distance second). “It’s kind of weird. I don’t know if I’d want to play it, but I always grew up watching figure skating with my mom. It’s pretty impressive. I don’t think I could ever do that, but I’ve got a lot of respect for them. I grew up with the Tonya Harding “Tonya Tapper” and that whole deal, so I’m waiting for some action in that sport. It hasn’t come in a while.” WEEI.com

February 4, 2014 Updates

Humphries is earning $12 million this season and would be a great aid to a contending team because of his production and professionalism. And if Ainge receives an attractive offer for Humphries in the next two weeks, he would move the forward/center. But Humphries has said repeatedly that he wants to be part of the team’s future, so he should be considered as an option to bring back this summer. The Celtics have lacked tough guys since the departure of Kendrick Perkins, and Humphries’s biggest asset is his fearlessness. He’s not afraid to get dunked on or his shot blocked, he returns relentlessly. Boston Globe

January 26, 2014 Updates

To recap, the Celtics traded Garnett, Pierce, Jason Terry, and D.J. White to the Nets for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks, Kris Joseph, Keith Bogans, and three first-round draft picks (2014, 2016, and 2018), as well as the right to swap first-round picks in 2017. How did the deal come together? Danny Ainge: It did come together fairly quickly. What I was excited about was that it appeared at the time to be a great situation for everybody — I think that for Paul and KG and Jason Terry and for us. It looked like it was going to be a good situation for them to be a major contender again and be vying for a championship. Their year hasn’t gone that way, but before the season started, it sure looked like it. I think it was a happy way to make a very difficult decision. Boston Globe

Kevin McHale recently said the state of the NBA under its new collective bargaining agreement kind of forces you to make a deal like this even if you would have liked Paul to retire a Celtic. Is that fair? Danny Ainge: Well, I don’t know if it forces it, but it forces it if you want to remain competitive. And it certainly gives you a jumpstart in the rebuilding process, as opposed to not doing it for sentimental reasons. I think what Kevin is saying is, nobody wants to trade away a Paul Pierce or a Kevin Garnett — and Jason Terry, for that matter. Jason Terry, he only played with us for a year, but I love that guy. He gave a lot to us and he’s just a class act — throughout his career. But that’s nothing that anybody wants to do, and is looking forward to doing. But I think that when the opportunity presented itself, it was a deal that I had to do for the franchise. Boston Globe

People say you pulled off a huge steal. What do you think when you hear that? Danny Ainge: Well, what I felt at the time was, I thought it was a really gutsy move by Brooklyn. I admired it. I thought the way KG finished last year, and Paul — both of them looked like they had a lot of basketball left in them, as the season finished last year. And so, I felt that it was a good deal for both teams. Like, I wasn’t able to put Joe Johnson and Deron Williams and Brook Lopez around Paul and KG. I wish I could have. They still would’ve been Celtics. But we weren’t in that position, to become a contender, I don’t think. I didn’t think that Paul and KG could carry us like they had for the five or six years previous. We were a team, I felt, that was destined to mediocrity as opposed to excellence with those guys. And especially with [Rajon] Rondo being out and so forth, it was going to be a long year for us with those two guys at the stage of their careers. It wouldn’t have done them justice. So, I was happy for Brooklyn. They were taking a chance. I thought it was a really good trade. I thought it was good for us and where we were as a franchise. And I thought it was really good for Jet, Paul, and KG and for [new Nets coach] Jason Kidd. I didn’t know if they’d win a championship or not, because I knew Indiana and Miami were going to be very good, and I thought Chicago was going to be very good. But I really thought it was going to be a four-horse race in the East, with those four teams. That’s what it looked like to me when the season started. Boston Globe

January 22, 2014 Updates

Ainge played coy, but he was complimentary when asked about Humphries. “First of all, I don’t really listen to words, I watch and see, and Kris has shown it by everything he’s done from the time he’s been here,” Ainge said. “From starting in September-October he’s a great pro, goes about his job, and he’s played well and he’s played hard and he’s played hurt. He’s sacrificed for his teammates and that has a lot more meaning to me than what someone says. There’s so many factors that come into play with all of that, so Kris Humphries is a player I’ve tried to acquire in the past. And he’s even better than I thought, so yeah, what else do you need to know? Do you need to have specific answers? That’s all I can give you. I am a fan.” Boston Globe

January 21, 2014 Updates

Humphries sounds like a man invested in Boston’s future, although this is the final year of his contract and he could be trade bait in the next few weeks. Regardless, Humphries said he wants to remain a Celtic or even re-sign this summer. Having lacked an interior defensive presence since the departure of Kendrick Perkins and the failed experiments of Shaquille and Jermaine O’Neal, the Celtics could use Humphries’s guile and production in their rebuilding efforts. “I want to be a part of this whole, building this team and doing all that stuff with the new coach and all that, I want to be here,” he said. “You never know if they want you or they don’t want you or what their plans are, but I like Boston, my teammates. I’m just getting a chance to play with Rondo a little bit now.” Boston Globe

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