Kris Humphries may go from playing for the Wizards to competing directly against them.
Just a over a week since Washington shipped the power forward to Phoenix as part of a trade for Markieff Morris, Humphries and the Suns are moving toward a contract buyout, according to a report.
Sources: Kris Humphries and the Phoenix Suns are in advanced talks on a buyout agreement. The Atlanta Hawks are the favorites to land him.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) February 28, 2016
Humphries, 31, can certainly help a team if not become a rotation staple, as he was for much of his 1 1/2 seasons with the Wizards. However, the dismal Suns are going nowhere this season and were unlikely to exercise their team option or Humphries next season. Phoenix already waived DeJuan Blair, the other player acquired from Washington along with a 2016 first round pick.
At 32-27, the Hawks entered Saturday fifth in the Eastern Conference, one-half game behind the Miami Heat. The top four seeds receive home-court advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.
All Stars Al Horford and Paul Millsap lead Atlanta's frontcourt attack, but the Hawks recently lost reserve center Tiago Splitter with a season-ending hip injury. That's where Humphries can help, at least with rebounding and mid-range shooting , should he join the Hawks.
Though 10th in the East, the Wizards (27-30) are just three games back of the Hawks in the loss column.
The Wizards play three more times this season starting March 21 in Atlanta. The subsequent two games are in Washington including the regular season finale.