One GM’s trash is another GM’s treasure, or something like that. Danny Ainge continues to acquire trade exceptions and draft picks. This time, in the form of a sign-n-trade that’ll send Kris Humphries to the Washington Wizards. This is a nice pickup for the Wizards, Humphries will replace the departing Trevor Booker, and Celtics fans should be happy that once again Danny Ainge managed to get something out of nothing. Humphries wasn’t coming back to Boston. After last weeks trade, signing him would’ve put the team over the luxury tax threshold.
Washington, Boston have completed sign-and-trade for Kris Humphries, source says. Boston gets a trade exception and protected 2nd round pick
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 15, 2014
Humphries’ deal with Washington is for 3 years and $13 million, making him a nice value addition for the Wizards. The third year of the contract is a team option.
The Celtics will get a trade exception worth about $4 million. That could prove valuable down the road, either in a potential blockbuster trade or a signing next summer (via sign-n-trade). Humphries played admirably for the Celtics last season, averaging 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds despite not ever getting consistent minutes. At this point though all he was going to do is take minutes from younger players so it made sense for both parties to move on.
Humphries will join Paul Pierce on the Wizards, who have emerged as a pretty legitimate threat in the eastern conference. The Wizards had the flexibility to afford Humphries due to the sign-n-trade that sent Trevor Ariza to Houston.
The Celtics will get a future protected second-round pick as well. Nothing major here, but the fact that Danny Ainge managing to get anything out of a player who was surely going to play for someone else next season is a welcome bonus.