Kenneth Faried to the Los Angeles Lakers seems like an intriguing prospect. The Manimal would bring hustle and tenacity to a team that ranked 30th in defensive efficiency last season.
The Denver Nuggets are eager to part ways with Faried and his bulky paycheck. The five-year veteran is set to be paid $38.7 million in the next three years. That’s a lot for a player who has a questionable offensive game.
Faried isn’t as valuable to the Nuggets as in years past. The team currently has a bevy of young, promising big men who could blossom into elite NBA players. They are Jusuf Nurkic, Nikola Jokic and Juancho Hernangomez.
Zach Lowe of ESPN stated that the Nuggets have yet to secure a trade partner for Faried as interested teams are aware of his scoring deficiencies. They want the Nuggets to include a wing player in the deal.
“[I’m hearing] Denver is trying to get off [Kenneth] Faried, which I think they are,” said the NBA analyst. “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.”
Hoops Habit noted that Lakers head coach Luke Walton is a fan of hard-working players. He had success coaching Draymond Green last season. Faried is the same type of player, minus the outside scoring.
The 6-foot-8 power forward makes up for his weaknesses by playing aggressively each night. His career per game averages are 12.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists, as per ESPN.
The Lakers already have two young power forwards in the roster. Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. plays with the same intensity and athleticism as the Manimal, but they still have a lot to learn about the NBA game.
Faried would be a reliable contributor for the Lakers. He will also play a mentorship role for Randle or Nance Jr. That is of course if the team somehow keeps both of them in a trade for the Nuggets power forward.
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