Humphries all smiles

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:38 AM ET

Kris Humphries is the latest Raptor general manager Bryan Colangelo has tied up for the next few years.

Late Wednesday night, the Raptors announced Humphries had agreed to a three-year extension worth about $9-million US that will keep him a Raptor through the 2010-11 season.

"It's always a tough decision," Humphries said of agreeing to a contract. "You have something in mind and it may or may not be what you want, but ultimately I'm happy to be here. I think it's a good situation for me and it's a lot of money, so it was an easy decision."

Since about midway through last season, Humphries has carved out a niche for himself as a guy who can come into a game off the bench, bring energy, tough defence and rebounding.

A scoring threat in college, the defensive role isn't one Humphries has been accustomed to, but one he realizes will keep him in the NBA as long as he can fill that role.

"For me, I come into this season thinking I'm going to be a big part of what we do, coming off the bench and helping us win," Humphries said.

MEMORIES OF MANHATTAN

The Raptors will have to get by on their memories until the next trip into New York. While the club usually stays in Manhattan at one of the swank downtown hotels, the New York marathon is on this weekend which means the team will be avoiding the downtown and staying in Jersey City.

That probably is just fine with head coach Sam Mitchell who last season, after a second regular-season visit to the Meadowlands resulted in a second lopsided loss, threatened to have his club stay in Hackinsack, N.J., for their next trip to New York. He was convinced the luxury the team enjoyed at the Manhattan Trump Hotel had softened up his team.


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