Brooklyn head coach P.J. Carlesimo told forward Kris Humphries that he's out of the Nets' rotation, a source told the New York Daily News's Stefan Bondy. Such a benching might be insignificant on the court as the Nets look to give minutes to players like 27-year-old rookie Mirza Teletovic, but it's a topic of discussion because of Humphries' salary.
Signed to a two-year, $24 million deal this summer as the Nets coaxed Deron Williams to re-sign with the team, Humphries is now quite the expensive bench-warmer. He's averaging 5.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game this year, his worse numbers since the 2009-10 season.
The Nets were so willing to move Humphries that his name being involved in trade talks led to a meme on Twitter. The hashtag #HBAP, an acronym for "Humphries, (MarShon) Brooks and a pick," made its rounds on Twitter as Brooklyn offered that package to multiple teams leading into the trade deadline. More painful is the fact that Bondy reports Brooklyn opted not to trade the veteran forward to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for scoring guard Ben Gordon -- that deal was reportedly on the table as the trade deadline approached.
Humphries, a utility forward who is a consistent rebounder but little else, saw his minutes begin to wane over the past five games as Teletovic, a 6'9, 255-pound forward, saw in increase in minutes.