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Nets reportedly talking to Bobcats about trading Kris Humphries

Kris Humphries argues a technical foul called against

Kris Humphries argues a technical foul called against him during a game against the Knicks. (Dec. 19, 2012) Photo Credit: Getty

WASHINGTON -- Kris Humphries has been a disappointment this season, and the power forward soon could find himself in another uniform.

ESPN reported Friday that the Nets have discussed trading Humphries for Charlotte's Ben Gordon, though no deal is imminent.

Does it bother Humphries to hear his name come up in trade talks? "Not really,'' he said. "I wouldn't really hear about it unless you guys came over here and started talking about it. So it's you guys' fault.''

Humphries, who inked a two-year, $24-million contract in the offseason, hasn't had the same kind of impact he had the two previous seasons and has fallen out of the Nets' rotation. He's gone from being a starter to someone who plays spot minutes, averaging only about nine per game in his last five.

Given his current status, would he welcome a trade? "That's not really something I'm thinking about a ton,'' he said. "I'm just trying to be ready when my number is called.''

The Charlotte Observer reported in July that the Bobcats were in discussions with the Nets about acquiring Humphries in a sign-and-trade, which would have helped the Nets' chances of getting Dwight Howard.

With his deal set to expire after next season, Humphries probably is the Nets' most movable asset at the moment, and general manager Billy King loves to make trades.

Gordon signed a five-year, $55-million deal with the Pistons in 2009 but never flourished with them the way he did in his first five seasons with the Bulls. Early in the offseason, he was sent to the Bobcats along with a first-round pick for Corey Maggette.

ESPN also reported that the Nets might have interest in the Hawks' Josh Smith, adding that there's a "60 percent" chance that he'll get traded before the Feb. 21 deadline.

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