The Brooklyn Nets are looking to make a deal before the trading deadline. The trade partner? The Charlotte Bobcats.
Chris Broussard from ESPN has the report:
The Nets and Bobcats have had discussions about a trade that would send Charlotte’s Ben Gordon to Brooklyn for Kris Humphries, according to league sources.
The talks are ongoing, but sources said no trade is imminent.
A Gordon-for-Humphries trade works financially as both players make $12 million a year.
It looks like the Nets are looking for another three-point shooter to open up things for Brooklyn. They’re not exactly the best three-point shooting team around, averaging .347 from behind the arc, which is 21st in the league. They’re likely looking for scoring punch off the bench, never mind that Marshon Brooks is on the team.
They haven’t had much use for Kris Humphries as of late, who has seen his playing time decrease ever since 2013 started. The Nets have been using Reggie Evans more and more, who is the best rebounder on the team. Humphries is the better scorer on the team and a good rebounder himself but the Nets have opted to use Evans and Andray Blatche more.
As for the Bobcats, Ben Gordon is averaging 13.0 points and shooting .415 behind the arc. But the Cats have a glut of guards that include Kemba Walker, Ramon Sessions, and Gerald Henderson. They feel Gordon is expendable with the backcourt full. Charlotte has wanted Kris Humphries in the past and they went after him last summer but Humphries decided to return to the Nets, who offered him a bigger salary per year. The Bobcats feel Humphries could help them in the frontline although anyone can make the argument that Charlotte needs help everywhere.
Humphries is averaging 6.0 points and 6.4 rebounds for the Nets this season. We’ll see what these teams do before or on February 21st, when the trading deadline happens.