BOSTON, MA - MARCH 02: Kris Humphries #43 of the New Jersey Nets grabs the rebound before Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics on March 2, 2012 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The Brooklyn Nets made sure big man Kris Humphries will stay around by inking him to a contract worth $12 million a year.
Just going up online and via SportsCenter: Kris Humprhies is staying with Nets on two-year deal valued at $24 million— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 17, 2012
Humphries isn't a bad player by anybody's standards: the established rebounder had the best year of his career, averaging a legitimate double-double, 13.8 and 11 and displaying more consistency than OBLIGATORY JOKE ABOUT HIS SHORT MARRIAGE TO KIM KARDASHIAN. But $12 million a year seems a little steep.
Humphries and Brook Lopez were the two keys to the three-team trade with Orlando and Cleveland that fell apart as the Nets tried to land Dwight Howard. When that fell through, Brooklyn re-upped Lopez with a max contract, and now they've hit Humphries with $24 million over two years -- meaning the Nets are under contract to pay the two bigs a combined $85 million. Humphries and Lopez isn't a perfect consolation prize for missing out on Howard, but the Nets could've done worse than those two, Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Gerald Wallace.