The Washington Wizards continue to make a big splash this free agency and are currently in the midst of finalizing a sign and trade to acquire forward Kris Humphries from the Boston Celtics. The Wizards have decided not to retain several of their front line players and immediately upgraded with Humphries. The deal is worth about $13.5 million over a three-year span with the third-year being a team option. Kevin Durant continues to appear in the front office’s mindset, this time only keeping Humphries under contract until the summer of Durant’s free agency.
Humphries, 29, is an immediate improvement of off the bench and averaged 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game in Boston. Over the course of a 10-year career, Humphries has averaged in double figures twice and in 2011 had a career year in both points and rebounds. The addition of Humphries bolsters a front line that saw Nene miss 29 games due to injury, and it will be integral that the Florida product is able to establish himself down low.
After sensing a shift in the Eastern Conference power, the Washington front office has dedicated itself to making a run at an NBA Championship and has acquired the necessary pieces to once again put the Wizards in the discussion.