We've already looked at the topic of Kris Humphries and his role on this team (more than once). I called him a walking trade chip and I still believe that's mostly true. However, there's a chance that I'm not giving him enough credit and underselling him a bit. See these two tweets.
For the record, was told on Draft Day that Boston liked Humphries more than just as an expiring contract. Ainge a fan.— NetsDaily.com (@NetsDaily) August 1, 2013
That's fine and all. I've said from the start that I'm not trying to judge the guy. I don't really care what he does off the court (within reason) as long as he performs on it. We all know well that Danny Ainge is willing to take on talented guys that haven't worked out elsewhere for whatever reason. So we'll see if this works out.
It always has and always will be up to Kris to decide his fate. If he doesn't play well, he won't play much and he'll be an expiring contract to dangle at the deadline or use ourselves to free up cap room in the summer. If he does play well, he might still be traded, or he could very well earn himself another contract (somewhere well South of the $12M he got from the Nets).
It doesn't help his cause that the Celtics are currently several layers deep at power forward. However, it does help his cause that he's got the expiring contract and Brandon Bass does not. Ainge will probably be more motivated to move the last couple years of Brandon's contract and the pricetag is easier to match salaries with as well.
So while many assumed that Humphries wouldn't last too long, he could very well play himself into a longer term deal with the Celtics if things fall a certain way.