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Coach tells Kris Humphries he is out of Nets rotation


Just in case you wondered why the Nets had trouble trading Kris Humphries and his $12 million contract at the deadline….

Humphries has played less than 15 minutes in five of the Nets last six games, and he played just two minutes against the Bulls on Tuesday. Now he’s not even going to get to play that much, tweets Stephen Bondy of the New York Daily News.

The Nets brought Humphries back for a couple years under their “we have to put some kind of team together to get Deron Williams back, let’s overpay everyone” plan. They needed size and rebounding, Humphries brought those things. By the way Brooklyn fans, I hope you like this roster pretty much as is because you are locked into it for a while.

Humphries was never a great player but he was a strong rebounder, played within himself most of the time and was pretty efficient when he did shoot. This season he shoots less and isn’t doing it as well, and he’s fallen out of favor with P.J. Carlesimo.

The Nets will again try to move Humphries this summer, but that likely isn’t going to go a lot better than it did at the deadline. At $12 million a year, there isn’t a market for Humphries.

Mark Cuban suggests supplemental draft for undrafted free agents

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A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.

Via Hoops Rumors:

“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”

The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.

“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”

It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.