NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 23: Kris Humphries #43 (C) of the New Jersey Nets fights for rebound position against Andre Iguodala #9 and Elton Brand (R) #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers at Prudential Center on April 23, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. Tonight's game is the last home game the Nets will play in New Jersey since the franchise will being moving to play at the Barclays Center in the New York City Borough of Brooklyn for the 2012-13 NBA season. starting in theNOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
Depending on what the Washington Wizards do with Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis, they could have around $12 million of salary-cap space to spend this summer. It remains to be seen if the Wizards actually use it or bank it towards the 2013 class, but in any event, there are a number of free agents that could help the team's push into playoff contention. We'll take a look at several of those options in this running series. Next up: Kris Humphries.
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Team: New Jersey Nets
Type: Unrestricted free agent.
This past year: Didn't have quite as good a year as he did in 2010-11, but still played much better than he did prior to that. He spent a little more time away from the basket this year, which explains why his rebound percentage dropped from an absurd 22.7 percent to just over 18 percent. With the Nets lacking offensive options, he took nearly twice as many shots from 16-23 feet as the year before, and while he hit them at a solid 41-percent clip, those shots always manage to pull down a player's offensive efficiency stats.
Why he's fit in well: Humphires is one of the league's best rebounders, especially on the defensive glass. Two years ago, he grabbed over 32 percent of all defensive rebounds when he was on the floor. The Wizards' front court is deep, but nobody is an especially good rebounder, especially on the defensive glass. Humphries would also certainly go a long way towards improving the team's toughness.
Why he might not: While he shot fairly decently from the perimeter this year, he's still not the kind of player that will properly space the floor for John Wall. He also has a tendency to take plays off on both ends, though he is actually a pretty solid defender when he is committed.
Likely price tag: I think you could argue that he's worth at least the mid-level exception, to be honest.
Verdict: Humphries is a good player that fills a definite need, but with the Wizards' frontcourt being so deep, he's an expensive luxury.