|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 28, 2013 at 5:15 AM|
During the first few games of the preseason. Someone like Brandon Bass
played okay,which played in Humphries favor. Towards the end of the preseason schedule, Bass came out
stronger, and Vitor has emerged as a potential starter. In seven
preseason games, Humphries averaged 6.9 points and just 2.8 rebounds in
16.1 minutes per game. What tends me to lean away from Humphries is his
poor rebounding so far. I expected more from him in that department.
Bass, and Vitor out playing Humphries. Two other forwards have shown
more intangiables than Hump as well. Sully, and Olynyk have shown that they'll
see time off the bench, and Sullinger still may start. Kris Humphries
has been a good professional,and he's been a team player, but at this
point the C's are too deep up front. Kris is likely a one-year rental,
and I don't mind. I can't wait to have the 12 million in cap space next
summer after his contract is up. He's just not apart of the future.
When asked about his role heading into the season, the 6-foot-9 forward is admittedly unsure.
"It's hard to tell right now," he told CSNNE.com.
Humphries will be the first to admit that he has not played as well as he would have liked in the preseason. In seven preseason games, he averaged 6.9 points and just 2.8 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per game.
"I haven't necessarily been excited about how I've been playing in the preseason," he said. "But it's been an adjustment."
Entering his 10th NBA season, Humphries has played primarily at the power forward position. But with the Celtics' depth on the perimeter, Humphries has found himself playing almost exclusively at center.
While he would love to play his more natural power forward position, Humphries isn't complaining.
"I'm just trying to do what I can to help the team," he said.
But if the Celtics struggle the way many anticipate, and Humphries is spending lots of time on the bench, do not be surprised if Humphries and his $12 million expiring contract wind up elsewhere with a team in need of frontcourt depth without a commitment beyond this season.
Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, said the Celtics aren't likely to make any moves that would move them any closer to the $71.7 million luxury tax threshold.
"Right now, we're barely under the luxury tax so we have no choice," said Ainge. "We will stay under the tax this year. We have to as we're rebuilding; not just from a standpoint of the financial budgets but as a competitive advantage to stay under the cap."
For now, Humphries isn't thinking about anything other than making sure he's ready to play whatever role he's asked to, when he gets his opportunity.
"It's challenging, but Brad (Stevens) is a good coach, this is a good team with good guys," Humphries said. "You just have to figure it out, do what you can do in practice and take advantage of your opportunities when they come."