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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Kris Humphries, Nets staying together with one-year deal

A lasting relationship built on trust, compromise and mutual benefit can be hard to find these days. Kris Humphries knows all about that.

Kris Humphries is sticking with the Nets. (Jacquelyn Martin - AP)
But while his marriage to reality TV star Kim Kardashian may have lasted only 72 days, his union with the New Jersey Nets could be built to last.

On Wednesday, the 6-foot-9 power forward signed a one-year deal worth a reported $8 million to stay with the Nets for another season.

“I’m excited to be back,” Humphries said. “It’s good to see the guys again. Although it’s a one-year deal, I’m happy and motivated. I think if you ask any player, they all would want a max contract with the longest terms. But I’m happy with the deal and glad to be back.”

The Nets are glad to have the 26-year-old back on their bench, too. Last season he averaged a career-high 10 points and 10.4 rebounds, providing a consistent spark in the paint in his second season with New Jersey. His rebounding average was good for fifth in the league and his 52.7 field goal percentage was tops on the team.

This relationship didn’t quite work out, but the Nets are hoping their new deal with Humphries will. (Matt Sayles - AP)
Humphries had been exploring other options while working out in Minnesota, but his heart remained in New Jersey, and the Nets will welcome him back with open arms.

“It’s going to take the next few days of practice to get him back, but we’re thrilled to have him back,” Nets coach Avery Johnson said. “It goes with the plan of having continuity.”

It seems Humphries could use a bit of continuity these days, too.


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