Kris Humphries has grabbed headlines all year long, but finally, today’s news is actually noteworthy. In a move that took longer than I thought, the Nets finally re-signed The Humph to a one-year deal worth approximately $7 million to $8 million. It’s a steal, considering Humphries is a legitimate double-double threat each time he takes the floor.
I’m personally excited about the move because I’m heading to the Nets’ preseason game against the Knicks at the Garden on Wednesday night. Humphries is expected to dress and even play in the game, meaning that both teams will be close to full strength. That doesn’t necessarily mean both squads will play like they’re in midseason form, it just promises better basketball.
This turns out to be a great deal for the Nets. The one-year contract ensures that the team will have space under the salary cap when the season ends, giving GM Billy King and the Nets’ brass wiggle room as they pursue the league’s top free agents during the summer of 2012.
We all know that the Nets are still eyeing Dwight Howard, and the Orlando Magic center is still seeking basketball employment outside of Disney World. The Nets will also need enough cap room to re-sign point guard Deron Williams, who seems to be waiting to see how the Howard sweepstakes will work itself out.
Humphries, whose now known even outside of the basketball world because of his 72-day marriage to one Kim Kardashian, is without a doubt a serviceable player. Once Denver re-signed Nene and the Knicks inked Tyson Chandler, the Nets had no choice but to grab Humphries for another season. He provides the Nets with strong rebounding to go alongside center Brook Lopez, and his defense isn’t too shabby either. And now that he doesn’t have Miss Kardashian to haul around, he won’t travel with that extra baggage – though I’m sure the fans at the Prudential Center would’ve appreciated a Kardashian sighting once in a while.
But Humphries is all about basketball. He didn’t fit that Hollywood mold. He’s a gritty, tough, down in the trenches player who Nets fans have grown to respect. We’re glad he’s officially back.