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Thursday, 03 April 2014 16:43

Ainge: Kris Humphries 'knows that we like him'

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Kris Humphries came to Boston in a trade finalized in July that sent future Hall of Famers Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce out of town. Humphries had only played 18.3 minutes per game in 2012-13 with the Nets, and was coming off of his worst statistical year of his career since 2009-10. He was an afterthought in the minds of many Celtics fans.

Yet this season, things have changed. Humphries has provided a spark to the C’s during the second half of the season, averaging 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds a game since Jan. 1.

That has Danny Ainge thinking about the offseason, and particularly Humphries expiring deal. When asked on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s "Toucher and Rich Show" on Thursday morning whether or not Ainge had spoken to Humphries, he replied that there has been dialogue.

“I have had a few conversations with Kris, because he’s been with us all year,” Ainge said. “Kris sort of knows where we are as an organization, he knows that we like him, and he knows that there’s a lot of uncertainty.”

Ainge went even further, repeating that everyone in the organization “likes” Humphries.

“Kris knows that we like him, his coaches like him, his teammates like him, but that we just can’t make any promises yet.”

Humphries told The Boston Globe in January that he had a desire to stay with the team through the rebuilding process, saying that he liked Boston and his teammates. He is averaging 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game this season, and has become the Celtics starting center in recent days.