NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Nets and the Bobcats have discussed swapping shooting guard Ben Gordon for power forward Kris Humphries, league sources told ESPN.
According to the sources, talks are currently in progress. But at this time, a deal is not close to being completed.
From a financial standpoint, a trade would be a wash, as both players are making $12 million this season.
Humphries, in his fourth year with the Nets, is averaging 6.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in just 19.9 minutes per game. The eighth-year player has started in just 20 of the 41 games he’s played in.
The first-round pick of the Jazz in the 2004 NBA Draft had a much bigger role with the Nets last season. In the franchise’s last season in New Jersey, Humphries started in all 62 games that he played in. The 6-foot-9, 235-pounder averaged 13.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 34.9 minutes per game.
He also averaged a double-double in the 2010-11 campaign, averaging 10.0 points and 10.4 rebounds.
Brooklyn could likely afford to part ways with Humphries, as Reggie Evans has come on strong on the boards in his first season with the Nets. Also a power forward, the 32-year-old is averaging 8.9 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game.
Gordon would help the Nets offensively. The UConn product is averaging 13.1 points, 2.2 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 22.1 minutes per game. He’s been a solid presence off the bench, as he hasn’t started in any of the 43 games he’s played in this season.
The Bobcats have long had their eye on Humphries. They attempted to sign him last summer, offering the 28-year-old a three-year, $28 million deal.
Heading into Friday night’s game against the Wizards, the Nets are 29-20, three games behind the Atlantic Division-leading Knicks. They are tied for the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference.
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