HoopsHype Kenneth Faried rumors

September 14, 2014 Updates
September 12, 2014 Updates

Q: A lot of people are wondering how your success with the national team this summer will impact your contract talks with the Nuggets. How do you see it? Kenneth Faried: I'm starting to gain respect. People are starting to respect me more. And I'm excited about that. But I'm more focused right now on just trying to get the gold. I want to win that gold medal so I can hang it with the rest of the accolades I've gotten that people thought I couldn't get. My mom will be estatic about that and my dad will, too. ESPN.com

Q: How can you really resist thinking about the contract stuff? Kenneth Faried: I'm not worried about [the Oct. 31 deadline for a contract extension] right now. After this is over with, then I'll focus on what's going on outside of just stepping on the court and money-wise and things like that. [But] I do feel as though I've opened eyes and peole are starting to show respect now. So that's a great honor to have and recognize who you are. ESPN.com

Q: So guys were really weren't mad or disappointed when Durant removed himself from the roster? Kenneth Faried: No. We all understood. We respected his decision. We said: "Get your rest and we'll see you in the regular season. But we still want to go after this gold right here and get this World Cup." ESPN.com

And then there was Faried. It was only fitting that he would be the one to break protocol when it came to discussing the Spaniards. Since the start of the tournament, the 24-year-old has brought an edge and an intensity that has served this group well. "I've been trying to hold my tongue for this one," Faried told reporters. "I felt as though we came out and did our job, and y'all kept saying, 'Oh, you're not going to beat Spain.' Spain couldn't even beat France. When Spain can meet us at the championship game, then come talk to me. "I wasn't surprised at all (about the Spain loss). There was too much hype around them. It was arrogant, borderline disrespectful to us, saying they're better than us, we're not going to be able to match up with their bigs and all this other arrogant stuff. I just took it as, 'okay, alright. Once we meet them in the finals we'll see what happens.' We can't even see what happens." USA Today Sports

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

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