Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Updated: March 7, 9:44 AM ET
Source: Kris Humphries odd man out
By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
Kris Humphries is the odd man out.
The Brooklyn Nets power forward was informed Wednesday morning that he's no longer part of the team's rotation, a league source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo told reporters in Charlotte on Wednesday that he's going to use a 10-man rotation. Carlesimo wants to give rookie power forward Mirza Teletovic more minutes while also playing centers Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche together more in tandem.
Reggie Evans, who was just 2-for-19 from the field with 13 turnovers in his previous eight games (9.4 rebounds over that span), remained the starter at power forward.
Evans scored six points on 3-for-4 shooting and grabbed 16 rebounds on Wednesday night in a 99-78 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Humphries did not play.
Humphries, 28, signed a two-year, $24 million contract to remain with the Nets in the offseason after averaging a double-double in consecutive seasons. But he has struggled ever since.
In 52 games, Humphries is averaging just 5.5 points and 5.9 rebounds on 43.5 percent shooting. He has scored just four points in his past five games (50 minutes), going scoreless in three of them.
According to statistics on basketball-reference.com, Humphries has made just 33.3 percent of his jump shots and 40.9 percent of his layups in 2012-13.
Humphries had previously fallen out of the rotation under ex-coach Avery Johnson, but he played his way back in after Johnson was fired.
Nets power forwards lead the NBA in rebounding (15.8 per game), but rank last in scoring (11.8 ppg), according to hoopsstats.com.
The Bobcats engaged the Nets in trade talks about acquiring Humphries in exchange for shooting guard Ben Gordon, but the deal never materialized.
The Nets could use Humphries as trade bait in the offseason, despite his poor year, given that his contract will become a $12 million expiring deal.
The New York Daily News previously reported that Humphries was out of the rotation.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.