Reports: Bobcats, Nets battling for free-agent forward Kris Humphries
Given that the Brooklyn Nets needed someone to take Kris Humphries off their hands in order to facilitate a trade for Dwight Howard, it seems odd that they are now focused on re-signing him. Worse for the Nets, they have competition for Humphries’ services.
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer tweets:
Humphries reportedly wants a multiyear deal, and both the Bobcats and the Nets are happy to oblige, reports ESPN.com’s Marc Stein:
Numbers circulating in Kris Humphries' bidding war: Word is Nets offering three-year deal worth $24 mil; Bobcats offering three years, $22M—
Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2012
If those numbers are accurate, the Bobcats may have to sweeten their offer to get Humphries, who averaged 13.8 points and 11.0 rebounds last season, to fly south — unless he feels more secure moving on than remaining in Brooklyn as trade bait.
UPDATE: David Aldridge of NBA.com says that Humphries appears likely to stay with the Nets.
League sources believe that, eventually, Kris Humphries is likely to return to the Nets rather than go to Charlotte. No other teams involved—
David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 13, 2012