HoopsHype Kenneth Faried rumors

September 11, 2014 Updates

Combine that with what we’ve seen in World Cup play, and it is safe to say that Faried and agent Thad Foucher will be pushing the price on Faried’s services. Sporting News checked with multiple league sources to get a read on what, exactly, might happen with Faried’s contract — all agreed that Faried will easily crack the bar of eight figures annually. Before the last few months, one general manager said, Faried might have been, “in the Paul Millsap or Taj Gibson range.” Millsap is slated to make $9.5 million next year, while Gibson will get $8 million. But given what’s happened since March, Faried could be pushing into an, “Al Jefferson kind of deal, maybe more.” Sporting News

Asking around among league sources, it is possible that the two sides will eventually table negotiations on an extension altogether — they have until October 31 to come to an agreement, and if they don’t reach one, Faried will be a restricted free agent next summer. “Unless the Nuggets put up the kind of number Kenneth has in mind, I would probably advise him to wait it out,” one agent said. “There’s risk with that approach, because you don’t know what is going to happen in the organization and what can change, and you can be stuck in restricted free agency, like Monroe is for example. But it is an important contract, obviously, in his life and so he has got to make sure he gets what he is worth. I would not be surprised if the Nuggets want to see him play out a season before they commit that much to him.” Sporting News

That’s the worst-case scenario for Faried, whose qualifying offer would be worth just $3.3 million. The Nuggets could play hardball with him, give him a low offer this fall and simply prepare to deal with his deal next summer — knowing they can match any offer Faried gets on the market. But one thing for sure is that Faried has shown his value, going back to March and into his performance with Team USA this summer. That’s going to pay off, literally. “He definitely earned himself a raise,” the GM said. “Whether it comes now or later, he has boosted his value.” Sporting News

September 10, 2014 Updates

The popular narrative, which was relayed to him after Wednesday's practice, is that teams such as Lithuania and Spain have the formidable frontcourts to slow the USA's group of Faried, Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings) and Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets). Faried disagrees. "That's what's going around?" Faried asked with a quizzical look. "That's massively disrespectful. I'm not buying that at all. We'll just have to see tomorrow, I guess." USA Today Sports

It’s only Wednesday, but it’s already been a pretty miserable week in sports. But you know one thing that helps keep me going in times of distress? Team USA. So you know what you’re getting today? TEAM USA ON JET SKIS. Grantland

September 5, 2014 Updates

"I don't pay attention to Spain," U.S. forward Kenneth Faried said this week. But those who do see a team that easily handled medal contender Brazil and European champion France in the first round, with chemistry from playing years together and an international stalwart in Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, the MVP of Spain's 2006 world title run who is having another strong tournament. "Spain is a very, very good team. They're very good," said Ukraine coach Mike Fratello, whose team lost to the U.S. on Thursday. "They're big, they've played together for so long, the majority of the team, and they do things that you have to do. They pass well, they're skilled. To play the U.S. you have to be skilled, otherwise you have too many turnovers from not being able to pass and catch. Small things. They don't do that. USA Today Sports

September 4, 2014 Updates

They've already hammered likely Group D winners Slovenia by 30 points in a recent exhibition and are well aware longtime nemesis Lithuania isn't the same threat after losing point guard Mantas Kalnietis just before the World Cup began. "We expect to win them all," said Team USA power forward Kenneth Faried. ESPN.com

September 3, 2014 Updates

You'll recall in Sunday's come-from-behind win over Turkey Faried had 22 points and eight boards -- and had Krzyzewski openly confessing to the media he doesn't like taking Faried off the court. "Overall, from the start of training camp, he's been the biggest and best surprise and has turned out to be a very, very important player for us," Krzyzewski says. "He’s made that happen. We never call a play for him." ESPN.com

August 24, 2014 Updates

The inclusion of Drummond, Cousins and Plumlee, along with starters Anthony Davis and Kenneth Faried, all but assures that Krzyzewski will occasionally use lineups at the forthcoming FIBA World Cup that feature Davis or Plumlee at power forward next to a more traditional center. "This gives us an opportunity to do some things we haven't had a chance to do in the past," Colangelo said. "It's true that the preferred style of play [in recent years] has been going small, but you have to ask: Was that by choice or by necessity? "Early on [this summer], we said it would be hard to carry four bigs, but that was kind of put on the shelf. Certainly there won't be any discussion going forward about, 'What are you going to do about bigs, what are you going to do about playing teams with size?' If Coach wishes to show a big front line, he now has the capacity to do so." ESPN.com

August 23, 2014 Updates

Just a few hours after a 112-86 victory over Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden on Friday and six days before it needed to, the U.S. National Team finalized its roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain. In a bit of a surprise, two players – DeMar DeRozan and Andre Drummond – who didn’t play on Friday made the final roster. Drummond is the fourth center on the team, while DeRozan made the cut over Chandler Parsons and Kyle Korver. He offers more playmaking and explosive scoring ability than the other two. In addition to Korver and Parsons, Damian Lillard and Gordon Hayward did not make the 12-man roster. NBA.com

USA Basketball National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo announced Friday night the 12 players who will represent the United States at the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) Basketball World Cup that is being held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain. The player announcement followed the USA's112-86 exhibition victory over Puerto Rico Friday evening at Madison Square Garden. Named as members of the official 2014 USA Basketball World Cup Team were: DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors); Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons); Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets); Rudy Gay (Sacramento Kings); James Harden (Houston Rockets); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets); Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls); and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). USA Basketball

“Since taking over the USA Basketball Men’s National Team program in 2005, this was without doubt the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through,” said Colangelo. “I can’t stress enough the outstanding effort and commitment that has been given by each finalist. I also want to make it clear that this is not just about talent – each player is incredibly talented and each player offered us unique skills. In the end it was about assembling the best team, selecting guys who we felt would be able to best play the kind of style we envision this team playing.” “The first thing is we are very pleased with the overall effort of every player who was a part of the process,” said Mike Krzyzewski, USA head coach and Duke University’s Naismith Hall of Fame mentor. “To select twelve was difficult, because our pool is so good. As we go forward, we not only go forward as twelve, we go forward as a pool for USA Basketball. As a staff we want to thank the players who are not going forward. “I’m excited about the 12 players selected and feel we have excellent versatility and the makings of a really good defensive team.” USA Basketball

August 22, 2014 Updates

Faried appears to be in good position to make the 12-man squad that will represent the United States at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. While not taking anything for granted, he is looking forward to the next step in the journey. “My anticipation level is high,” he said. “I’m excited about this whole experience. I’m excited to wake up every day and play the game I love, especially at this level. I’m very anxious to go out there and win this gold and come back home and say I’m one of the lucky few that was able to play for a gold medal for this team.” Self-confidence has never been a problem for Faried, who was selected by the Nuggets 22nd overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. It also has served him well while training under Hall of Fame coach Krzyzewski. “Coach said to be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not,” Faried said. NBA.com

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It is one part of a big summer for Faried, one in which his representation and the Nuggets have had ongoing contract-extension talks, and one in which he's adding to his offensive repertoire in order to come back next season with the same effectiveness with which he finished the 2013-14 season. He averaged a career-high 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds while shooting 54.5 percent from the field — ranking ninth in the NBA — in 2013-14. After the all-star break, Faried averaged a team-high 18.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals. Denver Post

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