Avery Bradley may not be the only Celtics’ free agent returning to the team next year.
Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe is reporting that the Celtics have reached out to power forward Kris Humphries since the free agency period began on July 1st.
The #celtics are one of 5 teams that have reached out to FA Kris Humphries, according to NBA source. LAC, DAL, MIN and MIA also interested
— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) July 4, 2014
The 29-year-old power forward primarily served as salary filler when Brooklyn sent him to Boston in the Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett blockbuster trade last summer, but the big man worked hard in Boston and turned some heads with his play and positive attitude.
Humphries averaged 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds over 19.9 minutes per game during a surprisingly productive 2013-14 season for the Celtics. He also earned $12 million last year, the highest salary on the team.
Humphries is in line for a bit of cut from last year’s hefty paycheck in his next deal, but the Celtics still own Bird rights on the veteran forward. Those bird rights gives Boston the ability to offer Humphries up to a maximum contract, even if it puts them over the salary cap.
The big man won’t get anything close to max money, but since the Celtics have limited salary cap space to find a replacement for the power forward if he leaves, they might choose to bring back Humphries on a short-term deal again if the price is right.
Celtics’ president of basketball operations Danny Ainge spoke about wanting to bring Humphries back while speaking on Toucher and Rich in April.
“Kris sort of knows where we are as an organization and he knows that we like him,” Ainge said. “He knows that there is a lot of uncertainty, depending on which direction we choose to go this summer. None of us know. But Kris knows we like him. Coaches like him, his teammates like him. But also, we just can’t make any promises yet.”