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Pending free agent Kris Humphries ready for next move

Pending free agent Kris Humphries ready for next move

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.

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Pistons fans took their team's loss to Bradley Beal and the Wizards hard

Pistons fans took their team's loss to Bradley Beal and the Wizards hard

The Wizards' win over the Pistons featured plenty of memorable moments. 

You had ankle breakers, missed dunks, flagrant fouls and lost teeth all in one afternoon. If you're a Wizards fan, you were feeling good through most of it because your team got the win and were on the right side of said ankle breakers, missed dunks and lost teeth. 

Pistons fans, on the other hand, were not feeling too great, so we're here to compile the best of their reactions to their team falling to the Wizards on Martin Luther King Day. 

Beal crosses Drummond out of his shoes 

Bradley Beal had the nastiest crossover of the year for the Wizards causing Andre Drummond to stumble across the floor before hitting a stepback three at the end of the shot clock.

Some Pistons fans were disgusted with their big man for getting embarrassed on the court like that, while some were naturally in denial. 

"Another reason to trade Drummond," wrote @ShaySharpeSZN.

"He pushed him off then Drummond tripped over his shoe lol," said @pistonswave.

"Looks like a push off to me," per @mcbaj89.

Markieff Morris vs. Davis Bertans

Markieff Morris and Davis Bertans can't seem to get along.

This is the second time they've gotten into it this season, and this time Morris was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul for hitting Bertans across the face. He was immediately ejected leading to a storm of tweets criticizing how soft the NBA has grown. 

"Garbage officiating. Clearly a flagrant. But not a 2. This league is a joke," said @Alexdf71.

"That should only be a flagrant 1, the NBA is too strict nowadays I understand safety but that really wasn't that bad," wrote @AGK9271.

"Lmaoooooooooo weakest flagrant 2 in NBA history," said @RyanLaprade

Drummond loses a tooth

Drummond had a rough day on Monday. He got crossed up, missed a wide-open dunk and lost a tooth in the same game. 

As time wound down in the fourth quarter, Thomas Bryant hit Drummond in the mouth with his elbow and knocked one of his teeth right out. Following Morris' ejection earlier in the game, Detroit fans were upset Bryant didn't get called for a foul. Then, of course, there was the hockey fan that chimed in to give his two cents on how much tougher hockey players are. 

"No foul, bet if Drummond did it he'd be ejected," wrote @VisiblePepper. 

"Drummond just got hit in the face, lost a tooth, and didn't get a foul call. Markieff accidentally hits a guy in the face contesting a shot, Flagrant 2," said @ImMartinHi

"Andre Drummond ($28m per year) gets tooth knocked out: kicks a chair, leaves the game, whines about it on Twitter. Paul Statsny ($6.5 m per year) gets multiple teeth knocked out: Picks up his teeth and returns to the bench for the next shift. Toughen up, please," wrote @LabDetroit.

The Wizards will hit the road and visit the Heat in Miami on Wednesday for the first leg of a back-to-back. Let's see if they can repeat their surprising win from a few weeks ago and make Heat fans mad once again. 

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Bradley Beal passing Wes Unseld on Wizards' scoring list a reminder of his place among franchise greats

Bradley Beal passing Wes Unseld on Wizards' scoring list a reminder of his place among franchise greats

WASHINGTON -- John Wall, Bradley Beal, Wes Unseld. That's how the Wizards' all-time scoring list reads from No.'s three through five after Monday's Wizards win over the Pistons, as Beal moved into sole possession of fourth place with a good chance of passing Wall before the season is over.

Unseld remains the most accomplished player in Wizards/Bullets franchise history as an NBA champion, 1977-78 Finals MVP, 1968-69 league MVP and rookie of the year plus a Hall of Fame induction. But Beal passing him is another reminder he already has a place among Wizards and Bullets luminaries.

"That's an honor because that list is full of greats, true Wizards and Bullets legends. To be a part of that is an honor," Beal said. 

Within the context of Wizards franchise history, Beal has already separated himself as one of the best to ever suit up. In addition to being fourth in points, he is the all-time leader in three-pointers, sixth in assists, seventh in steals and 10th in win shares. He also has the single-season record for threes. That's not bad for a guy who is 26 years old. 

The Wizards/Bullets franchise, of course, doesn't have the same historic success as others like the Celtics and Lakers, but it has been around for 59 seasons. During that time 444 different players have appeared in a game for them.

The franchise goes all the way back to 1962 when they were known as the Chicago Packers. Along the way, there have been more losses (2597) than wins (2142), but many All-Stars and decorated players have come through.

Continuing to make his mark on the Wizards/Bullets franchise seems to be genuinely important to Beal. During his halftime interview with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller, he mentioned the team's Baltimore days when discussing the Unseld feat. Back when he signed his contract extension in October, he explained the decision partly in terms of creating a legacy in Washington and taking the franchise to places it hasn't been in a long time.

On Monday, he alluded to those goals again.

"I never would have dreamt of that or thought of that coming here. To still be here is an honor, too. I'm just taking it in full stride. I've still got a lot more basketball to play, so who knows where I'll end up," he said.

Beal is well on his way to being widely known as one of the best players in Wizards/Bullets history. If he plays many more years in Washington and doesn't leave on bad terms, he will likely have his jersey retired someday.

But in order to reach the true top tier of Wizards/Bullets greats, he will have to lead them to some playoff success. Getting to the conference finals, where Washington hasn't been since the 1970s, would certainly stand out.

Still, if you were putting together a roster of the best players in Wizards/Bullets history, he would already be included.

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