Kris Humphries is the odd man out.
The Brooklyn Nets power forward was informed Wednesday morning that he’s no longer part of the team’s rotation, a league source confirmed to ESPN NewYork.com.
Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo told reporters in Charlotte on Wednesday that he’s going to use a 10-man rotation. Carlesimo wants to give rookie power forward Mirza Teletovic more minutes, while also playing centers Brook Lopez and Andray Blatche together more in tandem.
Reggie Evans, who is just 2-for-19 from the field with 13 turnovers in his last eight games (9.4 rebounds over that span), will remain the starter at power forward.
Humphries, 28, signed a two-year, $24 million contract to remain with the Nets in the offseason after averaging a double-double in consecutive seasons. But he’s struggled ever since.
In 52 games, Humphries is averaging just 5.5 points and 5.9 rebounds on 43.5 percent shooting. He has scored just four points in his last five games (50 minutes), going scoreless in three of them.
According to statistics on basketball-reference.com, Humphries has made just 33.3 percent of his jump shots and 40.9 percent of his layups in 2012-13.
Humphries had previously fallen out of the rotation under ex-coach Avery Johnson, but played his way back in after Johnson was fired.
Nets power forwards lead the NBA in rebounding (15.8 per game), but rank last in scoring (11.8 ppg), according to hoopsstats.com.
The Charlotte Bobcats, Brooklyn’s opponent on Wednesday night, engaged the Nets in trade talks about acquiring Humphries in exchange for shooting guard Ben Gordon, but the deal never materialized.
The Nets could use Humphries as trade bait in the offseason, despite his poor year, given that his contract will become a $12 million expiring deal.
The New York Daily News earlier reported that Humphries was out of the rotation.