Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried has been mentioned in numerous NBA trade rumors since the offseason. This time, the do-it-all big man is being linked to Western Conference powerhouse Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors are the heavy favorites to win the title in the upcoming 2016-17 NBA season after acquiring Kevin Durant last summer. While they are now being tagged as a “super team” after Durant’s arrival, it is still worth noting that the Warriors need to address their frontcourt issues.
Former starting center Andrew Bogut moved to the Dallas Mavericks, while backup center Festus Ezeli signed with the Portland Trail Blazers. According to FanSided’s Nugg Love, the Warriors could solve their frontcourt woes by acquiring Faried from the Nuggets.
Durant’s arrival left the Warriors with no other choice but to part ways with both Bogut and Ezeli. They were also forced to give up Harrison Barnes in order to make room for the former Oklahoma City Thunder superstar.
If the Nuggets want to bolster their frontline immediately, trading for Faried is the best option at this point. The 26-year-old will be a good rim protector for the Warriors and will also provide boost in the rebounding department. The five-year veteran averaged just 12.6 points last season, but he does not need to score that much in the Bay Area.
But do the Warriors have enough pieces to trade for Faried? From the looks of it, the Nuggets might not ask for much for Faried, who is still on the trading block according to ESPN.
He is not a good fit the to the Nuggets anymore, which means that the Warriors could get him for picks and rotation players to match the salaries. “I could see the Warriors giving up a first rounder at most for Faried but most likely a second round and a player down the rotation,” Nugg Love noted.