Hawks bolster depth on front line with Kris Humphries signing

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Hawks signed veteran forward Kris Humphries on Tuesday night, adding experience and depth to their front line.

Humphries was waived by Phoenix on Sunday after averaging 7.3 points in four games. He was 0-for-9 from the field in his last game against the Nets on Thursday.

He began the season with Washington, where he averaged 6.4 points in 28 games, including 14 starts.

"As we explored opportunities to add to our team after the trade deadline, we felt it was important to prioritize experience and versatility," Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "Kris is a versatile veteran with playoff experience who fits well with our group and within our system. We are fortunate to have Kris join our team and would like to welcome him to the Hawks family."

Atlanta announced the move before its 109-105 overtime loss at Golden State. Humphries did not play per coach's decision.

Humphries, who is 6-foot-9, has career averages of 6.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. A first-round pick by Utah in 2004, he has also played for Toronto, Dallas, Brooklyn, Boston, Washington and Phoenix.

The Hawks' front-line depth took a hit when center Tiago Splitter, acquired last summer from San Antonio, was sidelined by a lingering hip injury. The team announced last month that Splitter needed season-ending surgery.

Humphries will join Mike Scott and Mike Muscala as front-line options off the bench.

The Hawks also assigned guard Lamar Patterson to Canton of the NBA Development League.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.