Kenneth Faried, the Denver Nuggets forward, is still on the trading block, but hasn’t received too much interest, per several reports.
The Nuggets are seemingly going ahead with an international frontcourt of Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic, who have been starting games for them in the ongoing preseason.
Faried has been coming off the bench, a role that doesn’t seem to fit a player of his talents.
Even though Faried still has a ton of shortcomings, he’s a proven double-double machine and an above-average athlete.
Kenneth Faried on the block
According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Nuggets have been actively shopping Faried since June’s NBA Draft.
“They’ve been dangling Faried off and on for three years, and continue to now, sources say.
“They could deal in either team-building direction … or go full rebuild by flipping their established veterans for more picks,” wrote Lowe.
It’s highly unlikely that Faried would fetch a first round draft pick from one of the lottery teams. However, a contending team could easily part their pick, seeing as Faried is a proven NBA-caliber player.
Truth be told, Faried has not lived up to the four-year, $50 million contract he signed prior to the 2014-15 season.
After the 2013-14 season, many expected Faried to turn into an All-Star caliber player. However the former Morehead State standout has regressed on a consistent basis.
Since Faried still has three years and $39 million remaining on his contract, teams who need a starting-caliber power forward could still take a risk on him.
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Very little trade value?
However, it’s fair to say that Faried’s trade value isn’t very high at this stage.
Last season, Faried averaged 12.5 points and 8.7 rebounds from 25.3 minutes per game. He managed to start 64 out of 67 games but coach Michael Malone kept him on the bench during most of the fourth quarters.
ESPN insider Kevin Pelton feels that Faried is a solid rebounder and athlete. But he has too many other flaws to sustain a starting position.
“Faried’s effort level rebounded under new head coach Michael Malone. Still, Faried’s role in Denver going forward is uncertain as the Nuggets continue to stockpile younger big men who better complement each other.
“With three years remaining on a contract that pays him a little less than $13 million a year, Faried is a likely trade candidate.”
Expect Kenneth Faried to be traded by December.