HoopsHype Kenneth Faried rumors

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 6, 2014 Updates

If that's the route they want to go, the Nuggets can figure out the finances and broach the subject of extension talks with Faried's agent after the July moratorium this summer. 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 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 12, 2014 Updates
February 24, 2014 Updates

Kenneth Faried, the Denver Nuggets forward whose mother is a lesbian and who has become an activist for gay and lesbian rights, said in a statement released by the organization deemed Athlete Ally Response: "With Jason Collins signing with the Nets today, I believe our world as professional athletes will open up and become less ignorant of gay male athletes playing and more accepting and embracing of the whole situation." USA Today Sports

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 19, 2014 Updates

What's the price? A young player who can help contribute to the team right now -- especially someone who can give them some much-needed depth on their front line. They'd love to get their hands on Kevin Love. But the Wolves would want much more than Barnes. The Pistons' Greg Monroe, the Sixers' Thaddeus Young, the Cavs' Tristan Thompson, the Nuggets Kenneth Faried, the Bucks' John Henson and the Raptors' Amir Johnson all intrigue the Warriors. Whether any of those teams are willing to give up that much to acquire Barnes remains to be seen. ESPN.com

February 18, 2014 Updates

He was brought here to develop players, like he did with the Indiana Pacers' studs, and win playoff rounds, which Denver did just once though making 10 consecutive postseasons. Kenneth Faried is barely buying in. You can read between the lines in his quotes. You can see it in some of his decisions. Faried is either a key part of the future or a key part of a future trade. Shaw must find a way to connect with this guy. He's not uncoachable; this isn't J.R. Smith. Denver Post

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