Kris Humphries averaged 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in over 69 games. I think it's safe to say that those numbers could have been higher if Hump played more earlier in the season. Humphries will be a free agent this summer, and he's coming off a season where he made 12 million. Kris won't get a deal like that again, but he will get some attention from teams looking for a strong and consistent big man. Ainge has some thoughts on Kris Humphries pending free agency.
"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."
I would love to keep Kris for the right contract. For me 5 million is the cap for him. And that's a little more than I want to pay. Ainge hinted that Hump could be used in a potential deal, in a sign-and-trade type of deal. I don't think will see that type of move, but who knows with Ainge. I would love to keep Humphries, which is odd. I didn't think he would workout, but he has in so many ways.