Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian may squabble over who gets custody of the wedding cake, but the six-foot-nine power forward’s crumbling marriage will unlikely hurt his quest for a hefty free-agent contract once the NBA lockout is resolved, according to several team executives.
One Western Conference team executive — stressing his team is not in the market for a power forward — said he would not reject Humphries because of any fallout from his split with Kardashian, who filed for divorce Monday after just 72 days of marriage.
"Because of our situation, I haven’t given any thought as to what he would be worth," the executive said anonymously because team officials are forbidden from commenting publicly on any players during the labor dispute.
"But I don’t think I would let the situation sway me. You hear he’s a good kid, so where I would feel for him is in the heckling he’ll probably get around the league."
Humphries, 26, is coming off a career year with the New Jersey Nets, who originally were scheduled to open their season last night in Washington. He averaged a double-double (10.0 points, 10.4 rebounds) and, after declining to opt out of a $3.2 million deal last season, set himself up for a free-agency windfall.
"I don’t think [the divorce] will affect his situation, I really don’t," said one exec in the East. "Anybody who is interested in him will talk to him first and, like you do with college kids, assess where he’s at psychologically.
"This might actually help him in a way because he won’t be thinking Hollywood."