Kris Humphries loves the Nets organization, is excited about Newark, Brooklyn and Mikhail Prokhorov but he's not sure he wants back...and that's fine by the Nets. While they like what he has brought to the team since he arrived from Dallas, they also know that his $3.2 million salary next year could be put to better use recruiting free agents.
Humphries tells Dave D'Alessandro he hasn't thought much about what he'll do come June about his player option. If he decides to shop around and, the Nets might have enough to sign a max player, say Amare Stoudemire, and a near max, say Rudy Gay. If he stays the Nets will either have to find a way via the trade route to increase their cap space or settle for less and wait another year.
Yi Jianlian is under contract for next season for sure, but the Nets would obviously love to upgrade the power forward position. That's more likely to happen in free agency than in the draft. Yi's marketing impact may not be as important to Mikhail Prokhorov as it is to Brett Yormark.
- With potential free-agent spending spree looming this summer, Nets are carefully watching Kris Humphries - Dave D'Alessandro - Star-Ledger
- Kris Humphries Interview (Video) - Jaclyn Sabol - New Jersey Nets
Yi is no sure shot when it comes to a Nets future - Al Iannazzone - The Record