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    Kris Humphries would like to sign a 3 or 4 year deal with the Celtics, help the turn things around! 

     


    Kris Humphries has been called a lot of things by Celtics fans, both before and after his trade to the Cs on July 12th. And most of them have not been good. 

    After all, he is the man who got into a fight with Rajon Rondo and then complained about the scratch marks afterwards. He's also the dude who married Kim Kardashian. Which means you need to question every decision he makes from here on out. 

    But lost in it all is that Hump is actually a pretty good player, and his fall from grace last season has actually been exaggerated.

    2012-13 was a disappointing year for sure, with Humphries averaging only 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Nets after signing a 2 year, $24 million deal the previous summer. No, Humphries didn't play well. But some of it was also the Nets simply not playing him as much as they had in years past, instead turning to Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche. Humphries minutes fell from 34.9 in 2011-12 down to just 18.3 last season. On a per-minute basis, he really wasn't all that much worse than in previous seasons. 

    2010-11: Humphries averaged 12.9 points and 13.5 rebounds per-36 minutes

    2011-12: Humphries averaged 14.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per-36 minutes

    2012-13: Humphries averaged 11.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per-36 minutes

    Even last year, that rebounding number bordered on elite. Yet the Nets went in a different direction. 

    Now he's with the Celtics, and according to his agent, he'd like it to stay that way. Here's what his business manager Josh Ketroser had to say, in an interview with ESPN Boston's Jared Zwerling

    "This is the earliest he's ever reported to camp, so he's going to have about three good weeks of work before training camp starts," Ketroser said. "He wants to get acclimated, he wants to get to know everyone, he wants to really prove to everyone, 'Look, I'm here, I'm devoted, I'm ready to rock and roll.' That's where his head's at. He's looking to have a good year and would love to sign a three- or four-year deal and stay in Boston, and be part of them turning around."


    Before everyone gets up in arms, keep in mind, this is his business manager. Of course he's going to say that Humphries, who turns 29 in February, wants to sign a three- or four-year deal. He's a role player approaching one of the last chances of his career to cash in, what else would he want to do? It just so happens that the Celtics own his rights, and his manager can't say "he's looking to sign a three- or four-year deal with the Lakers (or the Clippers or the Thunder or the Bulls or whoever)". This is posturing. Nothing more, nothing less.

    As for the rest of the article, there are some good bits in there. From people confusing Humphries with Blake Griffin, to Hump spending the summer working out with a group of NBA All-Stars, and on what exactly went wrong last season with the Nets. 

    It's worth a read for those not yet ready to give Humphries a shot this season. He's a pretty good player who'll be playing for his next (perhaps last) contract. He's also an elite rebounder, which is not exactly something we have in spades. 

    In short: All we are sayinggggggg, is give Hump a chanceeeeeeeee

     
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    Kris Humphries would like to sign a 3 or 4 year deal with the Celtics, help the turn things around! 

     


    Kris Humphries has been called a lot of things by Celtics fans, both before and after his trade to the Cs on July 12th. And most of them have not been good. 

    After all, he is the man who got into a fight with Rajon Rondo and then complained about the scratch marks afterwards. He's also the dude who married Kim Kardashian. Which means you need to question every decision he makes from here on out. 

    But lost in it all is that Hump is actually a pretty good player, and his fall from grace last season has actually been exaggerated.

    2012-13 was a disappointing year for sure, with Humphries averaging only 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Nets after signing a 2 year, $24 million deal the previous summer. No, Humphries didn't play well. But some of it was also the Nets simply not playing him as much as they had in years past, instead turning to Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche. Humphries minutes fell from 34.9 in 2011-12 down to just 18.3 last season. On a per-minute basis, he really wasn't all that much worse than in previous seasons. 

    2010-11: Humphries averaged 12.9 points and 13.5 rebounds per-36 minutes

    2011-12: Humphries averaged 14.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per-36 minutes

    2012-13: Humphries averaged 11.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per-36 minutes

    Even last year, that rebounding number bordered on elite. Yet the Nets went in a different direction. 

    Now he's with the Celtics, and according to his agent, he'd like it to stay that way. Here's what his business manager Josh Ketroser had to say, in an interview with ESPN Boston's Jared Zwerling

    "This is the earliest he's ever reported to camp, so he's going to have about three good weeks of work before training camp starts," Ketroser said. "He wants to get acclimated, he wants to get to know everyone, he wants to really prove to everyone, 'Look, I'm here, I'm devoted, I'm ready to rock and roll.' That's where his head's at. He's looking to have a good year and would love to sign a three- or four-year deal and stay in Boston, and be part of them turning around."


    Before everyone gets up in arms, keep in mind, this is his business manager. Of course he's going to say that Humphries, who turns 29 in February, wants to sign a three- or four-year deal. He's a role player approaching one of the last chances of his career to cash in, what else would he want to do? It just so happens that the Celtics own his rights, and his manager can't say "he's looking to sign a three- or four-year deal with the Lakers (or the Clippers or the Thunder or the Bulls or whoever)". This is posturing. Nothing more, nothing less.

    As for the rest of the article, there are some good bits in there. From people confusing Humphries with Blake Griffin, to Hump spending the summer working out with a group of NBA All-Stars, and on what exactly went wrong last season with the Nets. 

    It's worth a read for those not yet ready to give Humphries a shot this season. He's a pretty good player who'll be playing for his next (perhaps last) contract. He's also an elite rebounder, which is not exactly something we have in spades. 

    In short: All we are sayinggggggg, is give Hump a chanceeeeeeeee



    But the truth is.he is a very good player.Good rebounder,high energy and good defender.What not to like?He will be a good celtic player.

     
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    Kris Humphries would like to sign a 3 or 4 year deal with the Celtics, help the turn things around! 

     


    Kris Humphries has been called a lot of things by Celtics fans, both before and after his trade to the Cs on July 12th. And most of them have not been good. 

    After all, he is the man who got into a fight with Rajon Rondo and then complained about the scratch marks afterwards. He's also the dude who married Kim Kardashian. Which means you need to question every decision he makes from here on out. 

    But lost in it all is that Hump is actually a pretty good player, and his fall from grace last season has actually been exaggerated.

    2012-13 was a disappointing year for sure, with Humphries averaging only 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Nets after signing a 2 year, $24 million deal the previous summer. No, Humphries didn't play well. But some of it was also the Nets simply not playing him as much as they had in years past, instead turning to Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche. Humphries minutes fell from 34.9 in 2011-12 down to just 18.3 last season. On a per-minute basis, he really wasn't all that much worse than in previous seasons. 

    2010-11: Humphries averaged 12.9 points and 13.5 rebounds per-36 minutes

    2011-12: Humphries averaged 14.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per-36 minutes

    2012-13: Humphries averaged 11.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per-36 minutes

    Even last year, that rebounding number bordered on elite. Yet the Nets went in a different direction. 

    Now he's with the Celtics, and according to his agent, he'd like it to stay that way. Here's what his business manager Josh Ketroser had to say, in an interview with ESPN Boston's Jared Zwerling

    "This is the earliest he's ever reported to camp, so he's going to have about three good weeks of work before training camp starts," Ketroser said. "He wants to get acclimated, he wants to get to know everyone, he wants to really prove to everyone, 'Look, I'm here, I'm devoted, I'm ready to rock and roll.' That's where his head's at. He's looking to have a good year and would love to sign a three- or four-year deal and stay in Boston, and be part of them turning around."


    Before everyone gets up in arms, keep in mind, this is his business manager. Of course he's going to say that Humphries, who turns 29 in February, wants to sign a three- or four-year deal. He's a role player approaching one of the last chances of his career to cash in, what else would he want to do? It just so happens that the Celtics own his rights, and his manager can't say "he's looking to sign a three- or four-year deal with the Lakers (or the Clippers or the Thunder or the Bulls or whoever)". This is posturing. Nothing more, nothing less.

    As for the rest of the article, there are some good bits in there. From people confusing Humphries with Blake Griffin, to Hump spending the summer working out with a group of NBA All-Stars, and on what exactly went wrong last season with the Nets. 

    It's worth a read for those not yet ready to give Humphries a shot this season. He's a pretty good player who'll be playing for his next (perhaps last) contract. He's also an elite rebounder, which is not exactly something we have in spades. 

    In short: All we are sayinggggggg, is give Hump a chanceeeeeeeee

     



    But the truth is.he is a very good player.Good rebounder,high energy and good defender.What not to like?He will be a good celtic player.

     

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    Kris Humphries would like to sign a 3 or 4 year deal with the Celtics, help the turn things around! 

     


    Kris Humphries has been called a lot of things by Celtics fans, both before and after his trade to the Cs on July 12th. And most of them have not been good. 

    After all, he is the man who got into a fight with Rajon Rondo and then complained about the scratch marks afterwards. He's also the dude who married Kim Kardashian. Which means you need to question every decision he makes from here on out. 

    But lost in it all is that Hump is actually a pretty good player, and his fall from grace last season has actually been exaggerated.

    2012-13 was a disappointing year for sure, with Humphries averaging only 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Nets after signing a 2 year, $24 million deal the previous summer. No, Humphries didn't play well. But some of it was also the Nets simply not playing him as much as they had in years past, instead turning to Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche. Humphries minutes fell from 34.9 in 2011-12 down to just 18.3 last season. On a per-minute basis, he really wasn't all that much worse than in previous seasons. 

    2010-11: Humphries averaged 12.9 points and 13.5 rebounds per-36 minutes

    2011-12: Humphries averaged 14.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per-36 minutes

    2012-13: Humphries averaged 11.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per-36 minutes

    Even last year, that rebounding number bordered on elite. Yet the Nets went in a different direction. 

    Now he's with the Celtics, and according to his agent, he'd like it to stay that way. Here's what his business manager Josh Ketroser had to say, in an interview with ESPN Boston's Jared Zwerling

    "This is the earliest he's ever reported to camp, so he's going to have about three good weeks of work before training camp starts," Ketroser said. "He wants to get acclimated, he wants to get to know everyone, he wants to really prove to everyone, 'Look, I'm here, I'm devoted, I'm ready to rock and roll.' That's where his head's at. He's looking to have a good year and would love to sign a three- or four-year deal and stay in Boston, and be part of them turning around."


    Before everyone gets up in arms, keep in mind, this is his business manager. Of course he's going to say that Humphries, who turns 29 in February, wants to sign a three- or four-year deal. He's a role player approaching one of the last chances of his career to cash in, what else would he want to do? It just so happens that the Celtics own his rights, and his manager can't say "he's looking to sign a three- or four-year deal with the Lakers (or the Clippers or the Thunder or the Bulls or whoever)". This is posturing. Nothing more, nothing less.

    As for the rest of the article, there are some good bits in there. From people confusing Humphries with Blake Griffin, to Hump spending the summer working out with a group of NBA All-Stars, and on what exactly went wrong last season with the Nets. 

    It's worth a read for those not yet ready to give Humphries a shot this season. He's a pretty good player who'll be playing for his next (perhaps last) contract. He's also an elite rebounder, which is not exactly something we have in spades. 

    In short: All we are sayinggggggg, is give Hump a chanceeeeeeeee

     



    But the truth is.he is a very good player.Good rebounder,high energy and good defender.What not to like?He will be a good celtic player.

     

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    I wouldn't call Humphries a good defender! He certainly is not worth 12-million per year! 

    With that stated, he is a good rebounder and decent offensive player! 

     
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    i think he'll be willing to  reduce his salary. ainge knows best, sully/bradley probably be our trade assets before trade deadline

     
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    Kris Humphries would like to sign a 3 or 4 year deal with the Celtics, help the turn things around! 

     


    Kris Humphries has been called a lot of things by Celtics fans, both before and after his trade to the Cs on July 12th. And most of them have not been good. 

    After all, he is the man who got into a fight with Rajon Rondo and then complained about the scratch marks afterwards. He's also the dude who married Kim Kardashian. Which means you need to question every decision he makes from here on out. 

    But lost in it all is that Hump is actually a pretty good player, and his fall from grace last season has actually been exaggerated.

    2012-13 was a disappointing year for sure, with Humphries averaging only 5.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game for the Nets after signing a 2 year, $24 million deal the previous summer. No, Humphries didn't play well. But some of it was also the Nets simply not playing him as much as they had in years past, instead turning to Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche. Humphries minutes fell from 34.9 in 2011-12 down to just 18.3 last season. On a per-minute basis, he really wasn't all that much worse than in previous seasons. 

    2010-11: Humphries averaged 12.9 points and 13.5 rebounds per-36 minutes

    2011-12: Humphries averaged 14.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per-36 minutes

    2012-13: Humphries averaged 11.3 points and 11.0 rebounds per-36 minutes

    Even last year, that rebounding number bordered on elite. Yet the Nets went in a different direction. 

    Now he's with the Celtics, and according to his agent, he'd like it to stay that way. Here's what his business manager Josh Ketroser had to say, in an interview with ESPN Boston's Jared Zwerling

    "This is the earliest he's ever reported to camp, so he's going to have about three good weeks of work before training camp starts," Ketroser said. "He wants to get acclimated, he wants to get to know everyone, he wants to really prove to everyone, 'Look, I'm here, I'm devoted, I'm ready to rock and roll.' That's where his head's at. He's looking to have a good year and would love to sign a three- or four-year deal and stay in Boston, and be part of them turning around."


    Before everyone gets up in arms, keep in mind, this is his business manager. Of course he's going to say that Humphries, who turns 29 in February, wants to sign a three- or four-year deal. He's a role player approaching one of the last chances of his career to cash in, what else would he want to do? It just so happens that the Celtics own his rights, and his manager can't say "he's looking to sign a three- or four-year deal with the Lakers (or the Clippers or the Thunder or the Bulls or whoever)". This is posturing. Nothing more, nothing less.

    As for the rest of the article, there are some good bits in there. From people confusing Humphries with Blake Griffin, to Hump spending the summer working out with a group of NBA All-Stars, and on what exactly went wrong last season with the Nets. 

    It's worth a read for those not yet ready to give Humphries a shot this season. He's a pretty good player who'll be playing for his next (perhaps last) contract. He's also an elite rebounder, which is not exactly something we have in spades. 

    In short: All we are sayinggggggg, is give Hump a chanceeeeeeeee

     

     



    But the truth is.he is a very good player.Good rebounder,high energy and good defender.What not to like?He will be a good celtic player.

     

     

     

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    I wouldn't call Humphries a good defender! He certainly is not worth 12-million per year! 

     

    With that stated, he is a good rebounder and decent offensive player! 

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    that's exactly what he is...and we need that kind of players on this team.

     
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    i think he'll be willing to  reduce his salary. ainge knows best, sully/bradley probably be our trade assets before trade deadline



    i don't think sully will be a trade asset...but you do need players with 10-12mil a year as trade assets if you want anything good comming back in a deal.

     
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    But the truth is.he is a very good player.Good rebounder,high energy and good defender.What not to like?He will be a good celtic player.

     

     



    The Celtics already have Sully and Olynyk at the PF position.

     

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    Sully has a bad back and legal problems.

     
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    But the truth is.he is a very good player.Good rebounder,high energy and good defender.What not to like?He will be a good celtic player.

     

     

     



    The Celtics already have Sully and Olynyk at the PF position.

     

     

     

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    Sully has a bad back and legal problems.

     

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    i think sully's back will not be a problem anymore..that's why he had the surgery done...thaT'S what i read awhile back.

     
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    i think he'll be willing to  reduce his salary. ainge knows best, sully/bradley probably be our trade assets before trade deadline

     



    i don't think sully will be a trade asset...but you do need players with 10-12mil a year as trade assets if you want anything good comming back in a deal.

     

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    let's see.. 

     
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    If only he were any good. 

    I do like his attitude though....

         
     
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    But the truth is.he is a very good player.Good rebounder,high energy and good defender.What not to like?He will be a good celtic player.

     

     

     

     



    The Celtics already have Sully and Olynyk at the PF position.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Give Humpy a 3 or 4-year deal?

     

    That's a good idea if the Celts are a playoff team, but not when the Celts are a rebuilding team.

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    wait? what? we are rebuilding?

     
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    But the truth is.he is a very good player.Good rebounder,high energy and good defender.What not to like?He will be a good celtic player.

     

     

     

     

     



    The Celtics already have Sully and Olynyk at the PF position.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



    Sully has a bad back and legal problems.

     

     

     

     

     



    Give Humpy a 3 or 4-year deal?

     

     

    That's a good idea if the Celts are a playoff team, but not when the Celts are a rebuilding team.

     


    I would, if he's willing to reduce his salary. but if ainge will able to get aldridge at the trade deadline? 100% yes! Humph,Crawford,Bradley and olynyk(if he pans out) would be enough to get aldridge

     

     
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    Use Humphries to get Steve Nash....

    Perfect to overpay Nash this season,  to start for the first 6 weeks or so , best Rondo insurance available,  then have him next season as a valuble traing deadline asset

     
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    Use Humphries to get Steve Nash....

    Perfect to overpay Nash this season,  to start for the first 6 weeks or so , best Rondo insurance available,  then have him next season as a valuble traing deadline asset

     

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    PHX - I rather have 12-million in cap space next year - and - no insurance for RR as the Cs attempt to rebuild.

    Hopefully next season we will be chatting about Wiggins or Parker fitting in with a healthy RR and dramatically improved JG and KO - and - what to do with our new found cap space!

    Who knows we might even get lucky with the pick acquired from the Nets! Dario Saric? I will take an early or late Christmas present in June!!

     

    Dario Saric living up to all the hype

    September 13, 2013 By Mark Woods | Special to ESPN.com 

     

    Dario Saric, Kimmo Muurinen ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty ImagesDario Saric (left) is averaging 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds at EuroBasket so far.

     

     

    LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- You could forgive Dario Saric if he compared himself, just a little, to LeBron James. Ever since he was 15, when he first debuted for the senior team at the KK Zagreb club, all of Croatia has been watching his every move, assessing his potential for greatness, anointing him with the tag of The Next Great Thing.

    However, ask the 6-10 forward, now aged 19, to whom he most compares his game among current NBA players, and -- perhaps oblivious to his recent troubles -- Saric responds: "Lamar Odom, maybe. He's a big guy who can create. He can do everything on the court."

    Most observers feel that Saric, currently logging heavy minutes and a key role off the bench for his national team at EuroBasket in Slovenia, has a greater upside than even Odom in his prime. Expectations for him have been through the roof for as long as he can remember, the teenager luring NBA scouts deep into the Balkans for a look-see when he was nothing more than an untried prospect.

    Everyone in Croatia wanted a piece of the new kid on the block. It was a heavy burden for a youth who was still sitting classes at school. "It's been a big pressure for me," he told ESPN.com. "It's good but there is pressure because everybody talks about your game, everybody talks about your practices, everybody talks about everything that goes with you. But I like pressure."

    For as long as he can remember, Saric seemed predestined to excel, to inherit the mantle of his late compatriot Drazen Petrovic. His father, Predrag, had played with the former New Jersey Nets star before Petrovic left for the NBA, and he was an early tutor for both his son and his daughter, Dana, also a promising player. He would offer advice on the game, on how to make an impact, on how the pair should look after themselves even when their reputations made them a target.

    "He played very far back in history," Dario said. "But he played with Drazen Petrovic and he explained a lot about Drazen. I've seen videos of him. He was a great shooter. He had a great rhythm. As soon as the ball got into his hands, he shot it."

     

    Saric is a different breed, more a point-forward, tabbed when he eventually comes to the NBA to be featured more as a small forward than the post presence he is often asked to be with his current team, Cibona Zagreb.

    Talking to scouts and personnel people who have watched him mature over the past few seasons, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive, as close to a can't-miss draftee as any European in recent times.

    I asked someone in attendance at EuroBasket for his assessment. He said: "There is a lot to like about his game: his work ethic, the way he can get out in transition, the way he sees the floor. He's a complete player. When you have a 6-10 guy and you can put the ball in his hands, that's huge. The only thing is his shooting has to improve. But that will happen when he gets to the NBA because it's that kind of league."

    Of course, Saric could have been coming to America this season. Tabbed to be a lottery pick this summer, he withdrew his name late in the process and opted to postpone his departure for at least one more year. It's a decision, he confirms, that was based on his own assessment of his readiness.

    Last fall, he was sitting idle, practicing but not playing, left without a team in a tug of love between KK Zagreb and a number of other European clubs who were actively recruiting him away. Spain's Euroleague entrants Bilbao thought they had agreed on a four-year contract. The deal fell through, with reports in Croatia claiming that a fee of $730,000 was demanded for the trade. Others circled. Eventually, Saric stayed close to home, joining Cibona Zagreb and signing a contract which is understood to have an NBA escape clause which would see his current employer receive a percentage of his future earnings.

    Putting the NBA on hold was very much his own choice. Sources who know Saric well claim he has taken greater control over his own career during the past 12 months, lessening the influence of his father. Postponing his exit from Zagreb was, he explained, "because I didn't play for three months at the beginning of last season. And I played very badly for me. I pulled out because I can make a better position in the next draft."

    One NBA front-office staffer, speaking on condition of anonymity, believes that even among the loaded class of 2014, he will stay a hot prospect. "In all probability, he'll go at the same position if he comes over next year as he would have done this year. The only thing is he'll be a lot stronger because he'll play more next season at Cibona."

    In Slovenia, at EuroBasket, Saric has already shown he can fight experience with talent. In six games so far for the Croatians, he is averaging 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per night, and shooting an efficient 60.7 percent.

    There is no reluctance to give responsibility to someone who was earning MVP honors at FIBA Europe's under-18 all-star game, which took place at the previous European championships in Lithuania two years ago. "He already has enough talent and enough courage to help this team," teammate Ante Tomic said.

    "For Dario Saric, it's very simple," Croatia head coach Jasmin Repesa added. "He is part of the team, game by game getting confidence and playing better and better. I am very satisfied that he is improving because he has a lot of talent, he can make a difference definitely. At this level, it doesn't matter that he is 19 years old, but definitely he is the future of our basketball and he is ready to get an important role and position of our team."

    In recent times, the collective star of Croatia has waned. The country, second to the United States' Dream Team at the 1992 Olympics, failed to qualify for the 2012 Games in London and it has not won a major international medal since claiming bronze at the 1995 EuroBasket.

    With two games left in the second round in Ljubljana, starting Saturday against Italy, there are renewed hints of a better future. With a 2-1 record at this phase, the Croats sit third -- above Spain, and behind the Italians and Slovenia -- with the top four advancing into the quarterfinals.

    Saric will have a vital role off the bench.

    "I am learning to play off the ball more," he says. "But now as it's my position, I must play like that."

     

    Few of his compatriots, decked out in their familiar red and white checks, doubt that he can master that role, or any other.

    It is all part of his ambitious grand plan, to travel along the route that has been mapped out well in advance. Even in his first EuroBasket, he sees no reason to set limits.

    "Maybe we can win it if we play like we've done in our last five games," Saric said. "I expect everything for this team. It's a dream of mine to be in an Olympic Games, World Cup, the NBA, not just for me but also for every player in the world. You dream about big tournaments."

    This might be just the first of many.

     
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    Re: Kris Humphries would like to sign a 3 or 4 year deal with the Celtics, help the turn things around!

    In response to Fierce34's comment:

    The average age of the Celtic roster right now is 25.7 years old.

     

    Humpy will turn 29 this coming season.

    Why focus on players like Humpy when it's obvious the Celts are better off developing young players.

    Will Humpy help the Celts get to the Finals in the next 2-3 years?

     



    Agreed - Humphries is not a culture changer - or - a player that will take the Cs over the "Hump"

     
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    Re: Kris Humphries would like to sign a 3 or 4 year deal with the Celtics, help the turn things around!

    In response to Fierce34's comment:

    The Celtics already have 4 PFs!

    Get rid of Bass first before we talk Humpy contract extension.

     

    "Humph,Crawford,Bradley and olynyk(if he pans out) would be enough to get aldridge"


    Why trade Oly if he pans out?

    If Oly pans out then that means he would become a better player than Aldridge.



    i get your point, my bad.

     
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    Re: Kris Humphries would like to sign a 3 or 4 year deal with the Celtics, help the turn things around!

    If we were already a good team Humphries could help us, but the best way he can help us now is at the trade dead line, or letting him play out the year and use his contract to sign a big time free agent. I don't see him being with the Celtics long term. Meaning more than one year.

     
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    Re: Kris Humphries would like to sign a 3 or 4 year deal with the Celtics, help the turn things around!

    It's true, Hump is a pretty good rebounder and role player , but he's way overpaid

    This is actually his biggest score...

     
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