Kenneth Faried, the Denver Nuggets forward, is likely to be traded before the start of the new season. The Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged as a likely destination, per a source.
Mile High Sports reported over the weekend that “it’s only a matter of time before a deal is worked to ship Faried out as it seems a breakup is evident.”
Prior to February’s trade deadline, the Nuggets and the Atlanta Hawks flirted with the idea of a Paul Millsap-Faried swap but couldn’t reach an agreement.
Denver beat writer Aniello Piro reckons that the Nuggets struggle with chemistry issues with Faried as the team’s starting power forward. “The Nuggets are aggressive in their pursuit to make this team a winning one and seem to have come to grips that Faried is the odd man out in the winning formula they are attempting to build,” he wrote, before adding that Denver needed to offload Faried.
Kenneth Faried, Tristan frontcourt?
According to this Fansided trade scenario, the Cleveland Cavaliers would be the perfect destination for Faried seeing as Kevin Love remains a mismatch with the reigning NBA champions.
The writer argues that a frontcourt tandem of Faried and Tristan Thompson would allow the Cavs to dominate on fast breaks. “His work on the boards alongside Tristan Thompson would allow the Cavs to play a faster pace in transition with Kyrie, LeBron, and Faried running the floor.”
Last week, ESPN insiders Zach Lowe and Marc Stein discussed the Faried situation in the former’s podcast show. “(I’m hearing) Denver is trying to get off (Kenneth) Faried, which I think they are, but if they have to move a decent wing to get off Faried and get something good in return, they’ve got a lot of wings now — young ones, mid-career ones — take your pick.”
The Cavaliers could ask the Nuggets to involve Gary Harris or Will Barton to sweeten the deal. This would benefit the Cavs in many ways since Love’s massive $113 million contract doesn’t expire until 2019-20.
Salary cap flexibility
Faried is guaranteed nearly $39 million over the next three years, a bargain contract in today’s salary cap situation. Therefore, the Cavs would be in a position to acquire other free agents next season, especially with LeBron James’ buddies Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwayne Wade hoping to team up with the four-time MVP down the raod.
Love, just like Faried with Nuggets, has been the odd-man out in Cleveland’s offense since getting traded at the start of the 2014-15 season. During the NBA finals, Love averaged only 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds.
The Cavs won’t view Kenneth Faried as a longterm solution at the 4 spot. He wouldn’t prove to be an upgrade over the talented Kevin Love but could be a better fit and would help solve some chemistry issues. Faried averaged 12.5 points and 8.7 rebounds last season from 25.3 minutes per game.