Multiple outlets are reporting Kris Humphries has signed a new contract with the Brooklyn Nets that will pay him $24 million over the next two seasons.
"I'm up at Brooklyn!" Humphries tweeted late Tuesday afternoon.
Humphries is a graduate of Hopkins High School and currently owns a home on the northern shores of Lake Minnetonka. He purchased the lakeshore property in July 2005 for $1.55 million and is spotted regularly around the lake.
The new contract will bump Humphries' salary up from the $8 million he made during the 2011-12 season to about $12 million per year and gives the Nets a solid rebounder and post defender. The Nets, who are partially owned by rapper Jay Z, will be relocating to Brooklyn this season after spending more than four decades across the river.
Several NBA teams were reportedly interested in retaining Humphries' services, who played in all 62 of New Jersey's games last year and had the best season of his career. The 27-year-old Humphries saw nearly 35 minutes of floor time a night—a career high—on his way to averaging a double-double for the season (11 rebounds and 13.8 points).
The Humphries signing solidifies New Jersey's starting lineup heading into training camp, and the Nets are expected to make some noise in the Eastern Conference with center Brook Lopez, small forward Gerald Wallace, shooting guard Joe Johnson and point guard Deron Williams.
Humphries grew up in Minnetonka and led to a state championship in 2002. In fact, , and Novak’s wife, Shauna, were among the many guests at the Kardashian-Humphries wedding in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Humphries chose the University of Minnesota over a slew of scholarship offers from other top basketball programs, and was the lone bright spot on a poor-performing U of M basketball team in 2004. He left the U of M after his freshman year and was drafted by the Utah Jazz with the 14th pick of the 2004 NBA draft.
He played three years for the Toronoto Raptors and briefly for the Dallas Mavericks before joining the Nets in 2009.
After America watched his highly publicized courtship and marriage to socialite Kim Kardashian on the E! Network’s hit television show “Keeping up with the Kardashians," Kardashian filed for divorce from the 26-year-old Minnetonka native after just 72 days of marriage. The marital breakdown has since become regular fodder for late night comedians and gossip columnists.