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Kim Kardashian Was Eyeing Another Basketball Player Before Kris Humphries: REPORT

First Posted: 10/27/11 12:15 PM ET   Updated: 10/28/11 09:42 AM ET

If you're a conspiracy theorist and you believe the rumors that Kim Kardashian's marriage to Kris Humphries is nothing more than a plot point for her series of reality TV shows then listen up.

A new report claims that New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries wasn't the first casting choice for Kim's husband. A source told Wetpaint Entertainment, that a rep for the E! network first approached New York Knicks small forward, Danilo Gallinari, to see if he'd be interesting in dating Kim.

Wetpaint reports that both E! and Kim were both interested in her dating a known New York athlete to pump up the drama for the debut season of "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," even explaining to the then 22-year-old basketball player that dating Kim on camera would be a good move for his career.

The 6'10 Knick apparently declined the offer, saying he'd like to meet Kim but wasn't interested in dating her or being on a reality show. A spokesperson for E! had "no comment" when contacted by the website.

Kim and Kris rushed to the altar after only six months of dating, which might seem suspect, but then you recall that Kim's sister Khloe married L.A. Laker Lamar Odom after just three weeks of dating and the two just celebrated their two-year anniversary. The heart wants what the heart wants after all.

Kim and Kris were apparently set up by a friend of Kim's after she told her how cute she found the 6'9 forward. Since the moment the couple tied the knot in August they've been plagued by rumors that Kim's either pregnant or the couple is headed for a divorce.

Some media even reported that the couple's marriage was in trouble when they spotted Kris moving cardboard boxes out of the Park Avenue hotel they'd been living in. This is how rumors get started, when really the couple were both moving back to L.A together.

Kim even tweeted on October 20th:

"Can't believe we are done w New York! 3 months went by so fast! Boxes everywhere in our hotel! All ready to go home! #BeenFunNY"

Despite the rumors the couple is miserable and headed for divorce, Kim and Kris looked very much in love when they celebrated Kim's 31st birthday at The Darby in New York last week.

Is Kris Humphries destined to become one of Kim's exes?

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  • Kris Humphries

    Kardashian <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/07/kim-kardashian-dating-kris-humphries_n_793278.html" target="_hplink">began dating New Jersey Nets player Kris Humphries</a> in December 2010 after watching him play basketball in late November. The pair took their fast-moving relationship to the next level when Humphries <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/25/kim-kardashian-kris-humphries-engaged_n_866631.html" target="_hplink">proposed</a> -- on camera for her E! reality show, of course -- in May and they wed on August 20, 2011. But the wedded bliss ended October 31, 2011 when Kim filed for divorce after 72 days of marriage.

  • Gabriel Aubry

    Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry announced their split in April 2010, and in November, the model was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/22/kim-kardashian-gabriel-aubry-_n_786940.html" target="_hplink">spotted out and about with newly-single Kardashian</a>. The couple enjoyed a Lakers game and a movie date together, but less than a month later, Kardashian would meet Kris Humphries -- and he would sweep her off her feet.

  • Michael Copon

    Kardashian was rumored to be <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/07/michael-copon-kim-kardash_n_753863.html" target="_hplink">casually dating</a> "One Tree Hill" actor (and her "Beyond The Break" co-star) Michael Copon in October 2010, and he even appeared on her E! reality show, "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," but that's about it.

  • Miles Austin

    Kardashian switched teams after splitting from Bush -- literally. She began dating Dallas Cowboys football player <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/13/kim-kardashian-boyfriend_n_644504.html" target="_hplink"> Miles Austin in July 2010</a> but the pair <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20427399,00.html" target="_hplink">split in September</a> after just a few months together.

  • Reggie Bush

    Kardashian found love once again later in 2007 -- this time with football player Reggie Bush. Their relationship drama was documented on the E! reality show, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," and we thought Kim had finally found "The One." However, the on-and-off couple <a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/hwood_party_girl/kim_kardashian_reggie_bush_split_again/172983" target="_hplink">ended things for good in March 2010</a>. Bush continues to play football -- now for the Miami Dolphins -- and was most recently linked to Melissa Molinaro, an actress <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/22/reggie-bush-now-dating-kim-impersonator_n_882234.html" target="_hplink">bearing a striking resemblance</a> to Kardashian.

  • Nick Cannon

    After her split from Ray J, Kardashian moved on with actor/rapper/comedian Nick Cannon. The couple reportedly split in early 2007 after the release of Kardashian's sex tape. Cannon, who is currently a radio personality on New York's 92.3 NOW FM, tied the knot with Mariah Carey in April 2008. The couple welcomed their first children, fraternal twins, in April 2011.

  • Ray J

    Also in 2006, Kardashian dated R&B singer Ray J -- who is the brother of singer Brandy. The relationship didn't last, but the public release of their infamous sex tape in early 2007 shot Kardashian into the spotlight...and eventually got her $5 million after settling a lawsuit against Vivid Entertainment. Ray J went on to star in the VH1 reality show "For The Love of Ray J" in 2009, and continues to work in the music industry.

  • Nick Lachey

    After her divorce, then-stylist Kardashian <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,1199443,00.html" target="_hplink">casually dated</a> Nick Lachey in 2006 -- just six months after his divorce from Jessica Simpson -- but they were never serious. Lachey also began dating TV personality Vanessa Minnillo in 2006 and the couple married in July 2011.

  • Damon Thomas

    Kardashian may be walking down the aisle on August 20, but it's not the first time she's been a wife. The reality star married 30-year-old music producer Damon Thomas in 2000 when she was just 20 years old. Their love wasn't meant to last, however, and the couple split in 2004. In 2010, their divorce papers were <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/05/kim-kardashians-ex-damon_n_563949.html" target="_hplink">leaked to the press</a>, revealing Kardashian claimed Thomas was physically abusive toward her. Thomas denied the allegations and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/05/kim-kardashians-ex-damon_n_563949.html" target="_hplink">responded with a press release</a> where he called her a fame-loving liar.

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