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Rapid reaction: Hump to the Wiz

7/16/2014

Rapid reaction as the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards work toward a sign-and-trade agreement that will send Kris Humphries to the nation's capital:

Sources: Humphries to the Wiz

The Washington Wizards are set to add veteran Kris Humphries as part of a sign-and-trade agreement with the Boston Celtics. StoryC's likely to get something: The Celtics had expressed some interest in re-signing Humphries after he emerged as a quality locker-room presence and tireless worker last season, but that seemed unlikely, particularly with the team stocked with young talent at power forward in Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger. The Celtics, if they help facilitate the sign-and-trade deal with Washington, are likely to generate a conditional second-round pick (unlikely to be delivered) and a modest trade exception (around $4.3 million), which could help the team add talent down the road, likely as part of the roster building process next summer.

Reflecting on Humphries' time in Boston: Many rolled their eyes at the inclusion of Humphries in last season's blockbuster that sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn. They were further dismayed to learn that Humphries would earn a team-high $12 million. But Humphries would endear himself to his teammates, the coaching staff and fans with a relentless work ethic and blue-collar play. The lasting memory from this view will be Humphries often recruiting undrafted rookie Phil Pressey to run grueling "17" sprints after practice sessions. Humphries would also join younger players in post-practice shooting drills, and his dedication to his body and his teammates was respected by teammates and the coaching staff.

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