With Mirza Teletovic set to get an extended run of playing time for the first time this season, Kris Humphries will be the odd-man out of the Nets rotation.
That news was confirmed by Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo Wednesday before the Nets faced the Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena when he laid out his vision for what the Nets’ rotation – a topic of much discussion in recent days as the Nets have lost four of their last five games – will look like moving forward.
“We’re looking more [at 10 guys], I think, because we want to play a minimum of four bigs, and it would be hard to take one of the smalls out of the rotation right now,” Carlesimo said.
With Reggie Evans and Brook Lopez set to remain as the starting big men for the Nets, and with Andray Blatche and Teletovic now getting the minutes behind them, the only remaining rotation spot in a 10-man rotation came down to either MarShon Brooks or Kris Humphries. And, when asked directly about Brooks, Carlesimo didn’t hesitate to include him.
“MarShon’s part of the 10, for sure,” Carlesimo said.
That means that Humphries, who the Nets signed to a two-year, $24 million contract in July and who started 20 games in the first two months of the season, will now be stuck to the bench for the foreseeable future, barring injury or blowouts.
It was expected that Humphries’ numbers would go down after averaging a double-double each of the past two seasons thanks to the significant upgrades in talent the Nets made this offseason. But it’s been surprising to see the sudden fall Humphries has gone through this season, as his numbers have steadily declined from averages of 7.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in November to the point where he’s barely been in the rotation in recent weeks, outside of an occasional game where Carlesimo would play him heavy minutes.
The Nets had a chance to move Humphries at the trade deadline and send him, ironically, to the Bobcats, who wanted to trade shooting guard Ben Gordon for him. But the Nets, who already have a young shooting guard in Brooks that they’d like to get playing time, opted instead to hang onto Humphries instead.
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Humphries will be odd-man out in new Nets rotation
New York Post | Mar 6