On the same day they said goodbye to forward Trevor Booker, the Wizards agreed to a $13 million deal with free agent Kris Humphries, Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Like fellow recent Wizards signee Paul Pierce before him, Humphries brings experience and a boatload of Twitter followers to the District. He can thank reality TV star Kim Kardashian for the latter.
In August 2011, Humphries and Kardashian were married as part of a four-hour reality TV special on E! Two months later, Kardashian filed for divorce. Due to the NBA lockout, Humphries’ first game after the couple’s much-publicized divorce was the Nets’ season opener at Verizon Center in December. Wizards fans were ruthless.
Here’s the lede from the AP’s game story:
Kris Humphries was booed even before the start of the game between his New Jersey Nets and the Washington Wizards, presumably because of his much-hyped – and short-lived marriage to reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
Humphries, who finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds in a Nets win, was booed every time he touched the ball. Nets coach Avery Johnson feigned ignorance after the game.
“I don’t know why,” Johnson said. “I’m trying to figure out, what did he do? I’m serious. Maybe because I don’t follow reality TV, I don’t know all the ins and outs of it but it’s pretty hilarious to me. I don’t know if they even know why they’re booing him.”
But you already knew Humphries was married to a Kardashian. Here are a few more trivial items about the newest Wizard.
Kris Humphries’ dad, William, played offensive line at the University of Minnesota from 1979-82. The Golden Gophers’ offensive coordinator in 1979? Mike Shanahan. (Thanks, @TMM75).
Humphries was a better swimmer than Michael Phelps before he decided to focus on basketball.
“I was so good at a young age that I got a little burnt out,” Humphries told People in 2010. “I also grew up in the Michael Jordan era … for me, I watched [basketball] and saw it as a challenge. It’s hard to stay focused on something when you have a ton of success at a young age, so I picked up basketball a little later and rolled with that.”
A Minnesota native, Humphries almost went to Duke before deciding to stay home and attend Minnesota like his dad. He was at Target Field for Monday’s Home Run Derby, supporting former Twins fan favorite Justin Morneau.
This Home Run Derby has officially lasted longer than the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries marriage. — Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) July 15, 2014
Humphries knows his way around a map and embraces the hashtag.
As for his basketball prowess, Humphries averaged eight points and six rebounds for Boston last season.