A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE has an interesting story on Kris Humphries and his role (or lack thereof) thus far this season:
Humphries wants to play somewhere, even if it means leaving Boston.
He’s not quite ready to demand a trade, but it’s clear that the lack of playing time and erratic minutes he has played is weighing on him.
The 6-foot-9 veteran did not play (coaches decision) in Boston’s 109-96 loss to Portland on Friday, his fifth DNP-CD this season.
“I’m just waiting for a break or an opportunity to get in there more consistently,” Humphries told CSNNE.com. “It would have been great to have played better (Wednesday) night and us win. That would help. But as a guy playing inconsistent minutes, it’s not going to happen every night for you. You have to try and make it happen and do whatever you can to help your team win.”
The 28-year-old veteran has appeared in five games this season, averaging four points and 2.8 rebounds while playing 11 minutes per game.
But in the rebuilding process that the Celtics are currently in, there’s always some form of collateral damage along the way.
Just like Sherrod states, this isn’t exactly Humphries demanding a trade like the Omer Asik situation in Houston, but it does start to show some cracks in the good vibes we’ve been seeing from the early Brad Stevens era. Humphries does have a point I mean anyone in his situation wants to play more. Still, the best way to approach this would be to sit tight and bide your time or go completely all-in in a trade demand. We’ve already seen Gerald Wallace unhappy initially with his role change from starter to 6th man as well as fellow ex-Net MarShon Brooks not exactly thrilled at the lack of run.
This isn’t a huge deal now, but you could see this coming with such an unbalanced roster in this transition year. Stevens and the Celtics seem firmly committed to developing younger players like Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk, as they should. This likely won’t be the last that we’ll see of this. Stay tuned.