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April 8, 2014 Updates

Faried had been agitating for an increased role in Denver’s offense since Brian Shaw took over as coach, but his chance didn’t really come until Ty Lawson went down with ankle and foot issues just before the All-Star break. Shaw told the team it would need to find other sources of scoring, and Faried volunteered that this might be the perfect time to lean on his post-up game. The results have been, frankly, kind of stunning, and present the Nuggets with a dilemma they likely didn’t expect six months ago, when they asked a targeted handful of teams whether they might be interested in acquiring Faried in exchange for a 2014 first-round pick or quality wing player on a rookie deal, per sources around the league. Grantland

Denver was willing to trade Faried in part because it feared he would demand an eight-figure salary in free agency, and perhaps even draw an offer sheet from another team carrying that kind of payday. (Faried is eligible for an extension after this season, and if he and the Nuggets can’t agree on one before October 31, he will become a restricted free agent after next season.) That’s too much for a below-average defender who can’t shoot or get buckets in the half-court, especially under Shaw, who prizes well-rounded bigs. Grantland

April 7, 2014 Updates

Faried said he's not worried about any of that. But he's also not sure if he'll be around at the start of next season. "I don't know, honestly," Faried said. "I just don't know. It's the NBA. You can't be too secure anywhere. I thought Nene was going to be a Nugget for the rest of his life, and he just got traded out of nowhere. That was the first big trade I ever saw in my life, and it baffled me because he was a great player here and he was here a long time. He finally bought his house out here and the next thing you know he was gone. You can never be too secure." Denver Post

April 3, 2014 Updates

I mentioned the trade rumors that troubled Faried to Denver general manager Tim Connelly, and before I could formulate anything resembling a semi-intelligent question, Connelly painfully contorted his face like a dude who had swallowed a spoonful of cinnamon on a dare. "Pshaw," Connelly said. Loose translation: Trade the Manimal? Are you kidding? "In the last six weeks of the season, there are only a handful of players in the league who have been better than Kenneth Faried," Connelly said. "He rebounds like he's 7-feet tall. His intensity and toughness overcomes his lack of size. His shooting percentage is high. And, of course, his energy level in contagious. In a lot of ways, Faried determines how we play." Denver Post

March 21, 2014 Updates

"They gave me an opportunity to represent Denver," Miller said. "I tried to do that the right way, but I was looked at as the bad guy, a disgruntled player. [The Nuggets said] I was complaining about minutes and that was never the issue. They made it look that way, and that I was upset. I understand that they have to protect themselves as an organization, but don't blast the player. "I came out and represented the organization, played games, practiced and did it the right way. Don't bash me. It's not true saying I was disgruntled about minutes and complaining. In reality, I was just speaking up for guys on the team and being a veteran leader. I was just doing my job." Yahoo! Sports

Shaw has previously said his communication with Miller could've been better. Miller wished the same. "It's really not about coach, player," Miller said. "It's really about communication from the top. In a team meeting we talked about communication between the coaches and the players. Anybody can coach, but how do you deal with players and egos and attitudes and communicate with people – that's the main thing. "I communicated on my end. There was no communication on their end." Yahoo! Sports

March 13, 2014 Updates

Faried is having an impressive March, scoring 21.1 points per game and grabbing 10.1 rebounds on 64.5 percent shooting from the field. It’s clear something has changed for him. “I feel kind of disrespected,” Faried said joking and smiling at the notion that something has changed. “I’m just playing basketball, having fun and enjoying myself. There is no stress of basically having to worry about if I am getting traded; trade talks or rumors. It’s just pure basketball right now so I am having fun and enjoying that.” Basketball Insiders

Faried says having the trade talk out of the way for the time being and the support of his teammates has been the biggest change in his game. “I feel free. I feel like myself,” Faried said. “I feel like I am back in high school again or college, just playing basketball; getting post ups and touches. Everybody around me; teammates, coaches and family believe in me. When I get the ball, hey I know how to score down there and I know what I am doing.” Basketball Insiders

March 1, 2014 Updates
February 23, 2014 Updates

Tom Penn, a former NBA executive and now an ESPN analyst, sees a team with the ability to make moves. "They've just made contractual commitments to a number of players and they are sort of capped out for the near future," Penn said of the Nuggets. "So you either really like what you've got and just hold and wait for everybody to get healthy, or you look to get different. And they have a number of pieces they can move in order to get different." He mentioned 24-year-old forward Kenneth Faried as someone who might draw interest. "I would think there would be a ton of interest in him as young as he is and as impactful as he's been," Penn said. "The fact that McGee is hurt really hurts them, I think, because he would be somebody who would be intriguing on the market. (Team president) Josh Kroenke has done a nice job of adding players at good numbers, which always means they are tradeable. It means they are an asset instead of a log on your (salary) cap. So they have the flexibility to get different. The trick is how to get better." Denver Post

February 21, 2014 Updates
February 20, 2014 Updates

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has acquired guard Andre Miller from Denver in exchange for forward Jan Vesely. As part of the three-team deal, the Wizards also sent guard Eric Maynor and a 2015 second round pick to Philadelphia and received a protected 2014 second round pick from the 76ers. The 76ers will also receive a future second round pick from Denver. NBA.com

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