Kris Humphries learned one of the most valuable business lessons as a professional basketball player in the NBA.
Never get too comfortable.
So even as Humphries was settling into holding his new Celtics jersey with No. 43 stitched onto the front and back, he understood that his $12 million expiring contract could be a giant chip in what president of basketball operations Danny Ainge plans on doing during the infant stages of the team’s rebuilding process.

Humphries talked with Ainge about his role and was told he would be on this team, but he knows those things have a way of changing quickly.
“It’s the NBA and if something comes up that’s good for the team, I’m sure the team will do it,” Humphries said yesterday at HealthPoint. “You never know. As of today I’m here and I’m preparing to be here. I’m focused on that.”
Humphries was part of the package the Celtics got from the Brooklyn Nets in return for Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry. MarShon Brooks and Keith Bogans joined Humphries at the team’s training facility in a first official meet-and-greet with the media. Gerald Wallace was unable to attend due to a prior engagement, and second-year player Kris Joseph was waived.
The big catch for the Celtics was gaining future financial flexibility, and the three unprotected first-round draft picks from the Nets.