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Humphries Eager to Run with Wall, Wizards

Kris Humphries is looking forward to playing in an uptempo system led by John Wall on the Washington Wizards.

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Kris Humphries is looking forward to being on the run. On the court, that is.

This week Humphries reached an agreement to join the Washington Wizards as part of a sign-and-trade with the Boston Celtics. The deal is reported to be for three years worth $13 million. It is expected to be finalized soon.

Now entering his 11th NBA season, Humphries is eager to play with an uptempo team, led by John Wall. He considered other organizations, including staying with the Celtics, but the Wizards system was a strong fit for his game.

“Sometimes when you just get in the right opportunity and the right organization and chance to get out and kind of play your style of basketball and it all works out, you kind of got to go for it,” Humphries told Basketball Insiders at the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Last season Humphries averaged 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 19.9 minutes. The 6-9 forward is focused on getting in “as great of shape as possible” to get out and go with his new teammates.

In addition to Wall, Humphries also noted the recent addition of veteran Paul Pierce and the presence of big men Marcin Gortat and Nene.

“I’m looking to just come in off the bench, bring energy, rebound, defend, and do the things I’ve done for the last ten years in the NBA,” he said.

Humphries twice referred to the Wizards as an “already successful team.” Last season they finished 44-38, fifth in the East, and reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The team is focused on building on this momentum, which coincides with Humphries ultimate career goal.

“Obviously winning a championship is important,” he said, “So (I’m) just working toward that.”

Jessica Camerato is a bilingual reporter who has been covering the NBA since 2006. She has also covered MLB, NHL and MLS. A graduate of Quinnipiac University, Jessica is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association and the Association for Women in Sports Media.

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