NBA Trade Rumors: Ben Gordon for Kris Humphries?

Jan 22, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets power forward Kris Humphries (43) drives to the basket against Charlotte Bobcats center Byron Mullens (22) at the Prudential Center. New Jersey Nets defeat the Charlotte Bobcats 97-87. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

No trade is imminent, but ESPN.com reports the Charlotte Bobcats and Brooklyn Nets are talking about swapping Ben Gordon and Kris Humphries.

Wow.

The trade makes sense as far as the money goes. Gordon and Humphries make around $12 million a year each.

The Bobcats desperately need front court help, and Humprhies would certainly provide that. Despite his lackluster season this year, he performed quite well. He averaged a career high 34 minutes per game and scored 13.8 points to go along with 11 boards per contest.

If the Nets really want this to happen, I don’t see why the ‘Cats haven’t pulled the trigger already.

Gordon is averaging better than 40 percent from behind the arc, but Charlotte has a logjam in the backcourt with Kemba Walker, Ramon Sessions and Gerald Henderson (not to mention Jeff Taylor) all seeing extended minutes at the guard spots.

Charlotte tried to land Humprhies last off season, when they offered him a three-year deal worth 28 million.

His current contract sits at two years, 24 million. He’ll be off the books after the 2013/14 season.

Gordon will actually earn a little over $1 million more than Humphries in that 13/14 season, so the ‘Cats would trim a little salary if they make the trade.

Humphries would be a legit starting power forward, and allow Byron Mullens to actually be the change-of-pace, stretch-big off the bench that most people in Charlotte see him as.

Topics: Ben Gordon, Charlotte Bobcats, Kris Humphries

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