The New Jersey Nets need to get good, fast. They've got pretty much a year (and probably a lockout-shortened one at that, if they get even one) to convince Deron Williams to stick around for the move to Brooklyn. Which means they need steep upgrades in player personnel inside that year. Whenever the lockout ends, they're going to have options to improve their frontcourt. They'll have the resources and market to attract players like Nene or David West to play next to Brook Lopez (and teach him to rebound).
But instead the Nets are targeting Kris Humphries to return. And in actuality, it's a pretty smart move. From the New York Daily News:
Despite two veteran power forwards becoming free agents, the Nets are still targeting Kris Humphries as their starting 4, according to a league source.via Source: Kris Humphries remains Nets target, even with D. West and Nene on the market | New York Daily News.
Denver’s Nene, 28, and New Orleans’ David West, 30, have been linked to the Nets after opting out of their respective contracts. But Humphries, 26, is both younger and likely cheaper than the pair of proven vets.
It seems the Nets, who are primed to have one of the best cap-space situations once the CBA is negotiated, want to maintain their flexibility for a trade or for the heralded 2012 free-agent class, which includes Dwight Howard.
Humphries' value has been inflated a bit. Some people actually thought he played so well last season that he averaged a 20-10. In reality, his per-36 numbers only yielded a 13-14, but he did shoot 53 percent from the field, and had a 17.8 PER, good for second on the team among players who played at least five games, just behind Lopez.
Humphries is young, cheap, and unheralded, so he'll likely be a value pick-up versus Nene and David West, both of whom are older and will cost through the nose. Yes, Humphries is best known as being a Kardashian fiance, but he can actually play. The Nets are well-positioned to make smart moves that aren't knee-jerk.
Or, you know, to not do what the Knicks have done pretty much for the past ten years.