Big man Kris Humphries began the 2015-16 season moving outside for the Wizards. Midway through the campaign he was moved from Washington to Phoenix and then Atlanta. With Humphries set to become a free agent this summer, the next question becomes where does the veteran send the moving vans next.
Back to Washington? That seems unlikely, but perhaps more probable with the change in coaching staffs and depending on other options for the Wizards. Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat are the only interior options on the roster.
Back to Atlanta? It certainly sounds like Humphries is game based on his comments during the Hawks exit interview process, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
“Of course,” Humphries said this week when asked if he want to be back in Atlanta. “It’s been a great experience for me after being traded and ending up here. Coach (Mike Budenholzer) really wanted me here. Being able to get here and have this experience is great.”
Humphries, a veteran of 12 seasons and eight teams, said he has rarely been a part of an organization with such a close-knit group.
“This is high-character guys, great locker room, people who play unselfishly on the floor,” Humphries said. “The way they – we, I’m still saying they a lot – the way we play and move the ball is a fun style of basketball. I think that a lot of guys coming from other teams to this team have had bigger roles, have been trusted to do more. It’s cool. Part of it is beyond basketball, comradery, time on the plane, dinners.”
He actually signed with the Hawks after the Suns bought out the remainder of his contract soon after acquiring Humphries in a deal that sent Morris to the Wizards.
Humphries proved helpful for Atlanta during the regular season, averaging 6.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14 minutes over 21 games. Yet similar to the previous year in Washington, Humphries was largely phased out of the postseason rotation until the Hawks used him more during the final two games of their Eastern Conference semifinal loss to Cleveland.
The experience during the 2015 playoffs with Washington led to Humphries expanding his game with 3-point shooting, but ultimately teams needed a rebounding presence might find him most attractive.
If he returns to Atlanta, Humphries knows one part of his life he'll change.
“It only took me 10 minutes to get here today,” he told the AJC. “I live 5.5 miles away. On a game day, it takes an hour. I have to move closer I guess. Five miles is too far.”
If traffic is a primary issue, don't expect Humphries back in Washington regardless.