NBA teams are constantly trying to improve their respective rosters. The squad that gets Kenneth Faried will see significant improvements in the hustle and rebounding category.
The Denver Nuggets are reportedly shopping the Manimal on the trade market. The energetic power forward is now an expendable asset since the team currently has a handful of young, talented big men like Juan Hernangomez, Nikola Jokic, Jusuf Nurkic and Joffrey Lauvergne. Moving Faried would give the young bloods ample time to blossom into elite front court players.
Sam Amico of Amico Hoops reported that the Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans have expressed interest in inheriting Faried’s four-year, $50 million contract. The 6-foot-8 forward is due $38.7 million in the next three seasons.
The Nuggets are one of the teams that regularly appear in trade talks. Almost every trade scenario features Faried. There was even a rumor that the Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks were very close to reaching a player-for-player swap involving Faried and Paul Millsap.
ESPN’s Zach Lowe confirmed that the Nuggets are eager to move on from Faried. The trade process has not been easy thus far, as interested ball clubs are aware of Faried’s offensive deficiencies. Potential trade partners won’t pull the trigger unless the Nuggets include one of their wing players.
“[I’m hearing] Denver is trying to get off [Kenneth] Faried, which I think they are,” said Lowe. “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.”
As of the moment, Kyle Singler and D-League player Josh Huestis make up the Thunder’s small forward depth, per ESPN. The team could ship a guard and a big man in exchange for Faried and either Danilo Gallinari or Wilson Chandler. The Pelicans may prefer younger wings like Will Barton, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray.