Kris Humphries seemed open to a trade earlier this season, around the time a report indicated the Celtics would “love to move” the 10th-year big man. A few more months around the team appears to have changed Humphries’ attitude, and now he tells Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe that he’d like to stick around.
“I want to be a part of this whole, building this team and doing all that stuff with the new coach and all that, I want to be here,” he said. “You never know if they want you or they don’t want you or what their plans are, but I like Boston, my teammates. I’m just getting a chance to play with [Rajon] Rondo a little bit now.”
Humphries, a free agent at season’s end, has developed a friendship with Rondo, and teammates have grown to respect the willingness of Humphries to play hurt, Washburn writes. Increased minutes have no doubt played a role in the newfound contentment Humphries has found in Boston, as he’s seen his minutes gradually escalate over the course of the season. He’s spent most of the season as a bench player, but he’s started the team’s last seven games.