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Kris Humphries Playing Himself into Boston Celtics Rotation, and Possibily Some Trade Rumors

January 12th, 2014 at 1:13 PM
By Sean Melia

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An eight game losing streak, and only one win since Christmas (we're looking forward to not writing that sentence soon…), can lead to a lot of blame and complaining. Instead, recently, Kris Humphries has been the focus of some positive vibes. His work rate has been superb. He does yeoman's work on the floor, and even when his minutes were way down at the start of the season he always seemed prepared when his number was called.

This is how Kris Humphries started with the Celtics (go to 1:07 for his rousing introduction):

His clincher, "Happy to be here" almost sounds like a question and not a statement. Trade rumors swirled around him as soon as he got to Boston. His expiring contract was appealing, and still is. 

So what now? The Celtics are creeping down the standings. They have the fifth worst winning percentage in the NBA. They have lost eight in a row and 11 of their last 12. 

While Jared Sullinger's injury has opened the door for Kris Humphries to slide into the starting line-up, the cynic could wonder if this is the Humphries showcase. His expiring contract is still rather attractive. He has proven himself a good teammate. He has rebuilt his reputation as a rebounder and solid bench player.

So could he end up somewhere else by the trade deadline? It's looking more and more likely, if the Celtics can get something meaningful in return. Humphries would be a great piece on a team that might be a little shy on big-men that are willing to rebound and do not need the ball too much on offense. 

The worst rebounding teams that are in he playoff hunt are the Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat (last place), Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks (Tyson Chandler should help their numbers go up), San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies, and Phoenix Suns. 

Needless to say, there are plenty of trade partners for the Celtics right now. Humphries offers a useful set of skills that Brad Stevens has allowed him to highlight in the past week or so. 

If the Celtics want to unload him they are handling this perfectly. 

Tags: Basketball, Boston, Boston Celtics, Kris Humphries, NBA

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