HoopsHype Kenneth Faried rumors

October 31, 2014 Updates

Walking off the floor after the Nuggets' 89-79 win in Denver on opening night Wednesday with 22 points and 17 rebounds to his name, Faried mouthed off about Smith's evening. "Josh Smith, we let him keep shooting," Faried said on the team's website after the game. "And he ended up with 25, but he still kept shooting. He shot them out of the game." Detroit News

Smith, who started off hitting six of his first 10 shots but made just three of his final 12, heard of Faried's comments Thursday afternoon from a friend, and fired back in kind before the Pistons played the Minnesota Timberwolves. "I don't respond to nobody with dreadlocks who plays basketball," Smith said, referring to Faried's hairdo. "He's a clown, quote me on that." Detroit News

"He fears me," Smith said. "He's scared of me, so, of course, he'll talk about me in the paper. He won't do it to me in my face. If you have to hide behind a microphone or smartphone, so be it. I don't mind." Detroit News

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The Denver Nuggets have signed forward Kenneth Faried to a multiyear contract extension, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. NBA.com

“We value the energy and excitement that Kenneth brings night-in and night-out and we are thrilled to have reached an agreement on a contract extension,” said Connelly. “We are truly looking forward to watching Kenneth continue to grow as a player and leader for the Denver Nuggets.” NBA.com

“I’m ecstatic to be signing this deal. Words really can’t express it, I’m just all smiles right now,” said Faried. “I want to thank God for this opportunity and I’m excited to be a Nugget for the rest of my career.” NBA.com

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Back to basketball. You’re coming up on a big year, and your agent is negotiating an extension right now. You had mentioned trade rumors sort of getting in your head towards the end of last season. Are you hoping the extension gets signed before the deadline (Oct. 31) so it’s not hanging over you head when the season begins? Kenneth Faried: Yeah. Yeah, I do. An extension is just, we get it to the point where both sides agree, and I can just sign — And go ahead and do my thing. Do what I’m wanted, or basically what I have been [doing]. But it’s tough, you know. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn’t. And I’m gonna try my best not to let it just effect me, like it did last year with the whole trade talk. It’s tough when you’re a player and you don’t know where, or who wants to lock you down. And if the team that drafted you doesn’t really want you, it seems like it’s a waste of time even wanting to play for that team. Dime

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