The Wizards moved very quickly to replace Trevor Booker, agreeing to a sign and trade involving Kris Humphires, according to multiple reports.
Source: Celtics & Wizards working on a sign-and-trade involving Kris Humphries. Deal will be in the 3-year, $13.5 miil range. Not done yet.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 15, 2014
Kris Humphries has agreed to a three-year, $13M deal with Washington, league source tells Yahoo Sports. Team option on third year.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 15, 2014
The Wizards will absorb this contract with a part of the $8.5 million trade exception they got from Houston in the Trevor Ariza sign and trade. They'll also send a protected second-round pick that'll probably never find its way to Boston.
Washington, Boston have completed sign-and-trade for Kris Humphries, source says. Boston gets a trade exception and protected 2nd round pick— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 15, 2014
Humphries' acquisition comes after the Wizards lost Trevor Booker to the Utah Jazz. The Wizards had many balls in the air to fill their frontcourt void and were not thrilled that a report about a potential DeJuan Blair acquisition got out. Signing Humphries probably removes them from the Blair sweepstakes, though it's still possible they acquire him.
Humphries had a good year for Boston, shooting the ball extremely well and defending competently in Boston's conservative schemes. He's never been all that quick, doesn't have three-point range and can believe in his own offensive game more than he should, but he's a good fit offensively, particularly if used as a center like Boston did. He's also more insurance
in case when Nene gets injured again. He's cheaper than Booker over what essentially is the same number of years.
The Wizards now have 10 players under contract, not including Garrett Temple, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin, and they might keep a spot open in case Al Harrington wants to keep playing. Those 10 guys combine for about $67 million in salary, so there's still about $10 million available under the luxury tax to fill out the roster based on my rough calculations.