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Kenneth Faried
Kenneth Faried
Position: F
Born: 09/19/89
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:227 lbs. / 103.4 kg.
Salary: $11,235,955
The trouble is the Denver front office has been forced to engage in damage control regarding the professional reputations of Faried and Lawson. Faried has gained a reputation as a prima donna whose opinion of his own game is inflated. For Lawson, an unexcused practice absence after failing to catch a flight from Las Vegas at the conclusion to the all-star break, his brushes with the law and the party-on photos posted via social media have all cast him as an NBA player more interested in living the life than chasing a ring.
Karl’s former team, Denver, also is a possibility — with Malone and D’Alessandro there and with Karl pushing the idea of “putting the band back together” from his Nuggets tenure, a person with knowledge of the situation said. League sources say Karl is enamored with the idea of a deal that would send Kenneth Faried, Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler to Sacramento. The Nuggets, who have the seventh pick, are open to trading Lawson and Chandler. But Faried would be difficult to trade before July since his contract includes a poison-pill provision; his incoming salary for the Kings ($10.45 million) would be vastly greater than his outgoing salary for the Nuggets ($2.25 million) if traded during the current league year.
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Sources close to the process say Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried have kept no secret of their discontent and unless the Nuggets can pull off something major on the coaching front or make a significant trade, both have indicated they’d rather see a trade instead of sticking around for a long rebuild. When Lawson is at the top of his game, he is among the best point guards in the NBA. Faried, at times, has shown glimpses of being a star-caliber frontcourt player. Both could be very attractive trade chips if Denver decides to pull the trigger.
After requiring nearly two years to recover from a knee surgery that Danilo Gallinari believes was initially botched, the 26-year-old forward finally regained his form late last season and appears now to be a centerpiece in the Nuggets’ rebuilding efforts, as is center Jusuf Nurkic, recently named one of the league’s 10 best rookies. While Kroenke steadfastly refuses to offer specific names when talking about plans to aggressively retool the roster prior to opening night of the next NBA season, it’s realistic to expect point guard Ty Lawson or forward Kenneth Faried or both to be part of trade discussions prior to the June 25 draft.
Asked if he had ever been part of a non-playoff team that suddenly employed a rest rotation as the Nuggets have done, Hunt said: “Yeah, but we’re in a very unique situation here, having come off what we did last year with so many injuries. We had players with ACL injuries; our owner’s dog had an ACL injury. We had a little bit of everything going on. We have to be very, very careful. We have to be really wise, given the situation that we are in.” And yet, Hunt isn’t making the decision to sit players. He’s just having to coach through it and then talk about it. And the players, banged up like most other players in the NBA this late in a season, aren’t sitting themselves down. Asked what he thought about sitting, Faried said “no comment.”
The Magic tried to trade for Quincy Acy at the deadline and the Knicks wouldn’t take back any salary to make a deal happen. As for Faried. I wouldn’t touch that contract yet. There are a lot of things that Faried does that I like, but there are as many as I don’t. I wouldn’t tie that much cap space up in Faried in Orlando, he’s very unpredictable and hard to coach.
In a season that began full of the optimism, nothing has gone right for the Nuggets, and everything has gone wrong for Faried, whose new $50 million contract looks like a waste of money. “Any time that you’re struggling, you have to go back to the lab and you have to work harder,” Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. “You have to get in the gym and do the things that got you to this point. That’s something he’s going to have to look at and say: ‘Am I doing it?’ “
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Yes, there is an obvious reason to feel sympathy for Faried. If Shaw has put the brakes on Denver’s fast-break attack, then the Manimal’s ability to get out in the transition has been negated, while the lack of refinement in his offensive skills is exposed. “The expectation level with Kenneth was never as a go-to guy. He was never a guy we expected to be able to throw the ball into and say: ‘Go get us 20 points every night.’ … It’s probably unfair for people to expect that,” Shaw said. “But the other things — the rebounding, the running the floor and the energy — that’s what people expect. And that’s been a little bit inconsistent.”

Celtics, Nuggets have trade talks on Ty Lawson

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The more interesting questions surround Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried. Denver isn’t shopping those guys, but Jusuf Nurkic is the only true untouchable on the roster, per several league sources who have dealt with the Nuggets. The sense around the league is that you could land Lawson or Faried with a Godfather offer. They are gettable. Boston and Denver have had exploratory talks about Lawson, per several sources.
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The Raptors are one of several teams sniffing around for a roster upgrade, specifically at the power forward spot. A few names continue to surface around league sources when talking about Toronto, the biggest being Indiana’s David West, the next is Chicago’s Taj Gibson, then Denver’s Kenneth Faried and then there is a long list of B and C tier names that Toronto might consider at the deadline if all else fails. The Raptors are not offering much and that’s likely why there has been so little traction. There has been a long running joke among hoop heads that when Raptors president Masai Ujiri calls, you should say you are busy as you are about to get fleeced.
“He got those 26 points going after offensive rebounds every single time. And probably four times, I would say tongiht, the ball got volleyballed around and it fell right in his hands and he was able to put it right back up and in. But that was just because he put himself in the right place by being in there in the first place. That’s what I want him to take away from that.” Faried seemed to hear loud and clear, and even he admitted the talk went a long way helping him regain his swagger on the court. “It helped me. I can’t even lie, it helped 110 percent,” Faried said. “We went to the back and had a conversation. He had some stuff he wanted to say, I had some stuff I wanted to say, and we came to an agreement. Now it helps just ease my mind and I can just go play my game. It is now more just like ‘go play my game and everything else will follow.’”
It will not be a permanent move, Shaw said, but Faried will come off the bench for a second straight game tonight against the Rockets. Faried played well in that role on Wednesday night in the Nuggets win over Miami, scoring 13 points with eight rebounds in 22 minutes. He made 4-of-9 shots from the field. “Kenneth still got pretty good numbers coming in off the bench,” Shaw said. “Not that it’s going to be a permanent thing, but I just want to feel it out for a second.”