Back when Kris Humphries was sent to Boston in mid-July as part of the deal that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry out to Brooklyn, many thought nothing of it. In fact, most basketball pundits at the time made the logical assumption that Humphries would have been traded by now.
At the time, their argument carried clout. Humphries was owed $12 million dollars throughout the course of this season - not an ideal contract for someone who found himself buried deep into the bench last season.
But given the chance, Humphries has been able to prove to some that he may actually be worth an extension this offseason.
The 28-year-old big man has benefited from opportunity with Boston, proving he can play time and time again. He has worked his way from an afterthought on Brad Stevens bench to now Boston's starting center, and has played increasingly well.
Humphries is averaging 9.6 points and 11.1 rebounds since becoming a starter on Jan. 8, a toast to his consistency. He gives everything he has on the court every second he’s in, always willing to dive for lose balls or sacrifice his body for a rebound.
And last week, according to Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe, Humphries even implied that he wanted to stay in Boston and sign a new deal.
"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.
Though the Celtics lost 114-88 to the Knicks on Tuesday night, Humphries netted another 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in 22 minutes.
At this point, his future in Boston has never looked greater