HoopsHype Kenneth Faried rumors

November 13, 2013 Updates

Faried ‘on the block’ rumors first started at the beginning of the season. Asked whether he was worried about the impact of it all on his young star, Shaw nodded. “A little bit,” he said. “He’s young, and I think he’s impressionable. As a player, sometimes you take it personal and it can affect you. I haven’t been around him enough to know how mentally tough he is to deal with something like this, or when it’s happened before. But any kind of assistance I can give him to calm him down, I want to be there to do that for him.” Denver Post

“It’s always going to come up. Obviously it means that people view you as an asset. But you just have to, every single day you come in, you only can control what you’re doing right here and right now. You have a game, play to the best of your ability. All that stuff is out of our control anyway. I found out, the first time I got traded, I found out via voice mail on my answering machine. So, I’m looking for him to have a conversation just to let him know to try to block that out. As easy as it is to say, it’s not always that easy to do. Just block it out and do what you normally do.” Denver Post

The New York Knicks continue to engage in trade talks with the Denver Nuggets on a potential Iman Shumpert-for-Kenneth Faried trade, according to sources close to the process. But sources told ESPN.com that multiple teams have approached the Knicks with interest in Shumpert and said New York remains undecided about whether to trade its coveted perimeter defensive specialist. The New York Daily News reported earlier Wednesday that Shumpert-for-Faried trade talks "have intensified" but added that no deal was imminent. ESPN.com

According to a league source, no deal is imminent, although the struggling Knicks feel they need to make a move to bolster their banged-up front court. Tyson Chandler is out at least one month after breaking his leg last week while both Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin have been placed on a minutes restriction because if their health. New York Daily News

November 9, 2013 Updates

A more plausible scenario is moving Shumpert for Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, especially when you factor in the health of Amar’e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin. Plus, the Knicks believe they have insurance in the backcourt with rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. New York Daily News

November 3, 2013 Updates

After two games and seemingly a million lineups, player combinations and headaches that have accompanied it all, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw is considering, well, another lineup change. This one deals with the starters, and mostly boils down to the power forward spot, where he's pondering whether it's time to get Kenneth Faried back among the opening five. "There'll probably be some changes," Shaw said. "At this moment, I'm not at liberty to really say. We'll have two good days of practice (Saturday) and Monday to kind of figure that out. Definitely (we) are going to have to inject some more energy to start out the games." Denver Post

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Multiple sources around the league have reported in the last month that Denver has put out targeted feelers on Faried, gauging his value and demanding very good return. The Nuggets, for their part, deny they've put Faried's name out there at all. Faried is entering the third season of his four-year rookie deal, and given his per-game numbers, he figures to get paid on his next contract. If the Nuggets believe Faried has hit his ceiling, and that his game lacks the all-around polish Brian Shaw has said he wants from his big men, it would make sense for Denver to see what it can get. Let's be clear: Faried has a lot of value, and no trade is ever "likely"; there are just too many roadblocks to go that far. But I'm smelling something here. Grantland

Meanwhile, expect the Nuggets to pick up team options on forwards Kenneth Faried and Evan Fournier. Those easily fall into the "yes" category and will be announced no later than Oct. 31. It is a fourth-year option for Faried and a third-year option for Fournier. It means that this season is a big one for Faried, who can start to make the case for a big contract extension, which would kick in after 2014-15, the final year of his rookie scale contract. Denver Post

October 17, 2013 Updates

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