Hooray! The Humphries deal is done

BY WADE MCMILLIN, Couchsideshow.com editor

Fans worried about NBA player Kris Humphries after his divorce with TV star Kim Kardashian can finally rest easy.

The 6-foot-9 power forward reached a one-year deal with the New Jersey Nets worth a reported $8 million Wednesday morning. So it looks like it’s finally back to basketball for the Minnesota native. And I’m happy for Humphries and even more merry that another Kardashian won’t be on the NBA sidelines.

Kris Humphries is returning to the New Jersey Nets after signing a one-year deal with the team Wednesday. Photo by SportsAngie.com.

We’ll still have to see Khloe at Dallas Mavericks games, watching her husband, Lamar Odom, ball in white and blue. But I can sleep easy tonight, knowing that her sister won’t be court side in New Jersey this season. The split between Kim Kardashian and Humphries came just 72 days after the couple were married in a wedding blown completely out of proportion. And now with the prenuptial agreement in affect, Humphries can start concentrating on basketball.

Playing at an effective level was something I thought Humphries needed to do long before he met his reality star ex-wife. Now, with her out of the way, I hope a new spark of passion finds the former Minnesota Gopher so he can finally live up to his potential. And after seven years of mediocrity with four different teams, Humphries could do just that this season with New Jersey.

He should undoubtedly be the Nets’ starting power forward, sharing the paint with budding NBA superstar Brook Lopez. And a duo like Lopez and Humphries could be dangerous for other teams in the East. Add Deron Williams in New Jersey’s back court and this team could be playoff bound as early as this spring. The Nets might land the No. 8 seed, but that would be a godsend for New Jersey fans, considering their team hasn’t appeared in the playoffs since the 2005-2006 season.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying getting the Humphries deal done is an automatic playoff stamp. However, resigning the forward will help because he has shown nothing but upside lately. After Humphries entered the league in 2004-2005 with the Utah Jazz, his best season came with the Dallas Mavericks in 2009-2010 when he averaged just 5.2 points and 3.8 boards per game. Dallas eventually traded Humphries to New Jersey, which properly exposed the big man to the playing time he needs to be successful.

And once Humphries finally landed a role in New Jersey’s starting five, he started to shine. Last season, he averaged a double-double, posting a little more than 10 points and 10 rebounds per game. I expect him to exceed those marks this year now that distractions like the Kardashian/Jenner clan and the paparazzi are out of his life.

Things on the court should only get better for Humphries. He might not have one of the most beautiful women in the world by his side anymore off the hardwood, but I think trading Kim Kardashian’s big butt for big points isn’t a shabby deal.

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment or by emailing me at wademcmillin@gmail.com. You can also comment or e-mail questions to our staff for mailbag blogs and for topics on the Couch Side Podcast. 

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