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Monday, March 12, 2012
Would Hump jump off a bridge (at a trade)?

By Mike Mazzeo

The NBA trading deadline looms on Thursday.

Nets power forward Kris Humphries has an expiring $8 million contract and could be a candidate to be dealt, but he’d have to approve the trade first. Because he signed a one-year deal in the offseason, Humphries would have to give up his Bird Rights if dealt, therefore giving him veto-power.

Humphries said he hasn’t really thought about the possibility of being traded, and hasn’t been asked. But in a round-about way -- and using a bridge analogy -- he said he would waive his no-trade if the situation was right.

“Would you jump off a bridge? Depends on how high the water is. Depends on if there’s a drowning baby in there ... I mean, would you jump off in the summer if you knew the water was warm?” Humphries said. “I don’t know. It’s all circumstantial. ... It might be the Golden Gate Bridge in some situations. in some situations it might be water hole in wherever where it’s warm and deep.”

The 27-year-old is enjoying a career season, averaging 13.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.

• Bucks hybrid 3/4 Ersan Ilyasova torched the Nets to the tune of 29 points and 25 rebounds the last time the two teams met in February.

“He’s been playing off the charts,” Nets coach Avery Johnson said. He’s doing it to everybody. He just puts everybody in a bind.”

Ilyasova, a candidate for Most Improved Player, is averaging 12.4 points and 8.9 rebounds.

In his last three games, he’s scored 32, 26 and 31 points.

“We just have to keep him off the glass,” Humphries said.

• Shooting guard Anthony Morrow said he watched small forward Gerald Green’s windmill alley-oop dunk 20 times Sunday.

Johnson said he’s “flatlining” with Green, meaning he doesn’t want to get too high or low based on how the tenacious 26-year-old plays.

Green had a season-high 26 points in Saturday night’s loss to Houston. In seven games with the Nets, he’s averaging 8.9 points.

The Nets have to decide if they want to keep Green for the entire season or let him go by March 18.

Unless they do something drastic at the deadline, though, it’s likely he’s staying put.

• With point guard Deron Williams still day to day and sidelined by a strained right calf, Johnson said the Nets are going to have to mix up their defensive coverages and possibly go to more zone. Backup Jordan Farmar may be able to impact the game offensively, but his defense leaves much to be desired.

• Green’s 26 points are the most by a D-League callup this season. ... The Nets have used a league-high 18 different starting lineups in 2011-12 ... Center Johan Petro made his first career 3-pointer against Miami on March 6 and now is 1-for-9 from beyond the arc in six-plus NBA seasons.