Humphries deals with reduced role

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Kris Humphries earned a two-year, $24 million contract from the Brooklyn Nets after averaging a double-double in back-to-back seasons with the team.

But things haven't seemed to go right for him since.

Humphries struggled as a starter this season and fell out of the rotation under former head coach Avery Johnson.

Things haven't gotten any better for Humphries since P.J. Carlesimo took over, either.

In his past two games, Humphries has played just nine minutes. And he is just 2-for-15 in six games since scoring 11 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in 27 minutes against the New York Knicks on Jan. 21.

"It's tough, but you gotta just keep working and doing the best you can when you're out there," Humphries said Monday. "Hopefully, things open up for me."

Has Humphries been told there's something he needs to improve on in order to earn more playing time?

"Nah. I'm just gonna go out there and play hard and hopefully things grow for me," he said.

Humphries could be a trade candidate, given that he'll be in the final year of his deal next season.

"I'm not really thinking about that," Humphries said. "We've got a game against the Lakers I'm getting ready for."

HONORING THE BLACK FIVES: After Monday's practice, Nets point guard C.J. Watson was scheduled to head over to Barclays Center to help honor the legacy of the "Black Fives," a historic African-American basketball league from the first half of the 20th century.

"It's pretty big, just to be there to represent the Brooklyn Nets for something of that caliber," Watson said. "That team, there's a lot of history there, so it's going to be pretty fun for me to see."

Watson has participated in many philanthropic projects this season.

"Growing up I did a lot of it, like feeding the homeless and helping out at my church," Watson said. "It's always fun for me to give back and learn about history and learn about new things."

Watson said the only NBA player he knew while growing up in Las Vegas was his high school coach, Robert Smith, who played in the league for a decade.

OH, TANNENBAUM: Former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum attended practice Monday and sat next to Nets GM Billy King and assistant GM Bobby Marks.