According to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Clippers are one of several teams interested in UFA Kris Humphries.
The #celtics are one of 5 teams that have reached out to FA Kris Humphries, according to NBA source. LAC, DAL, MIN and MIA also interested
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) July 4, 2014
With injuries taking a hit to the Celtics frontcourt, Humphries role on the team varied, averaging 8.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.0 assist over the course of the 2013-14. A reserve in Boston, the role would transfer if Humphries found himself in a Clippers uniform.
Unlike a few of the names that have appeared on the Clippers radar, Humphries fills a need: rebounding. Per NBA Stats, the Clippers posted the 10th worst total rebound percentage in the NBA last season at 49.6%. During Kris’ lone season as a Celtic, he posted a total rebounding percentage of 16.9%. Compared to the Clippers 2013-14 roster, that number would be the second highest behind DeAndre Jordan at 21.6%. Without Jordan on the floor, the Clippers total rebounding percentage dropped from 50.6% to 46.9% during the regular season, a number that would be the second worst in the NBA behind the Los Angeles Lakers. In the playoffs, that number dropped to 44.9% in DeAndre’s absence. As a team that struggles on the defensive end, securing possessions is an extremely important matter and the presence of Humphries improves their ability at that skill.
Offensively, Humphries isn’t the stretch big Doc Rivers has coveted throughout the last season and during free agency as he has never been a three point shooter, but his ability to knock down the mid-range jump shot (81-169, 48%) gives the Clippers another big than can space the floor. Defensively, there are some questions, but he’s solid enough on that end where his efforts won’t need to be adjusted for.
In regards to salary, it’ll be hard seeing Humphries not secure close to the entire mid-level exception which rounds out at just over ~$5 million, especially with Chris Kaman securing a deal that pays him $5 million over the next two seasons. With the taxpayers mid-level, Humphries would put himself outside of the Clippers pay range.