It feels really strange to write this, but here goes nothing: The Washington Wizards just keep making solid moves.
After years of torturing their fan base with head-scratching moves, the Wizards are on a pretty good streak this offseason. They reportedly agreed to a deal with free-agent big man Kris Humphries on Tuesday, just two days after coming to terms with Paul Pierce.
That’s not a bad couple of former Boston Celtics to add to your team, particularly at the price.
The Celtics and Wizards are working out a sign-and-trade that will pay Humphries roughly $13 million over three years, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported, citing a league source. Pierce reportedly agreed to sign for the mid-level exception at two years, $10.4 million.
This makes the rising Wizards, who pushed the Indiana Pacers to six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals, both better and cheaper in the short term. Within a matter of days, the Wizards replaced Trevor Ariza and Trevor Booker with Pierce and Humphries for about a half-million dollars per year less than what they paid the Ariza/Booker combo last season.
Humphries was the highest-paid member of the Celtics last season at $12 million. Though overpaid, he did produce when given the chance to play. He averaged 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in less than 20 minutes per game, making him Boston’s leading per-minute rebounder.