Humphries signed a two-year, $24 million contract to remain with the Nets in the offseason, but has struggled ever since, shooting just 44.8 percent. He’s missed eight games due to injury, and lost his spot in the starting lineup to Reggie Evans.
Humphries had fallen out of favor with Avery Johnson, and it seemed like a formality he was going to get dealt once he was eligible. But Johnson was fired.
Humphries, 27, had 10 points and nine rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench on Sunday night.
Lopez, who signed a four-year, $60 million offseason deal to stay with the only franchise he’s ever known, is having an All-Star caliber year. He’s the only player in the league averaging at least 18 points, seven rebounds and two blocks per game this season, and leads all NBA centers in scoring (18.4 ppg).
It seems unlikely the Nets would trade the 24-year-old. Then again, it seems the Dwight Howard rumors will never die. And until D12 signs a multiyear contract with the Los Angeles Lakers or another team, you have to figure they’re going to continue.
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