HoopsHype Kenneth Faried rumors

September 17, 2014 Updates

Faried is a high IQ player who knows his calling card offensively and is very efficient in producing in those areas – away-from-ball cuts, post situations, and transition. In cutting situations, Faried is converting at 1.315 points per possession, ranking him near the top of the league. And most of those cuts are finished with the thunder he brings to the game. Sure, two points are two points, unless they continuously lead to momentum runs that break the game open. Faried also thrives in the open court in transition situations. 6-foot-8, 230 pounds of Manimal coming at you full steam with reckless abandon to rip the rim off. Yeah, tell me you would step in the way of that. In transition, Faried is converting at a field goal percentage of 67.8 percent and is getting to the line an astounding 24 percent of the time. The area of Faried’s offensive development that I have been most impressed with is his low-post scoring ability. His development in the post is a strong indicator on why I believe he will be able to develop his mid-range/wing game. Last season, 19.2 percent of Faried’s offensive touches were in post-up situations, where he ranked in the top 77 percent of the league. HoopsHype

Compare that to the 2012-2013 season, where he rarely felt comfortable in the post (only 5 percent of his offensive scoring opportunities) and for good reason (converting at only 0.565 points per possession). Think about that for a minute; going from treating the post like the Bubonic Plague to being comfortable and highly effective in the same spot in only a year’s time. That’s like going from not knowing how to play the piano to being Beethoven’s understudy in 12 months. He is extremely effective on the right block turning over his left shoulder (ranks in the top 87 percent of the league), which is usual for a right-handed player. But what stands out most is the rate at which he develops and how quickly and efficiently he learns. Faried already ranks in the Top 30 in player efficiency at 19.9, placing him ahead of other global stars such as Tony Parker and Serge Ibaka. HoopsHype

September 15, 2014 Updates

All the questions about their talent, the doubts about their ability, were put down as easily as their opponents. “It kind of was, again, a smack to our face, saying the U.S. was sending the B-team to go play in the World Cup,” forward Kenneth Faried said. “Just because LeBron’s not here, Kobe’s not here, (Kevin) Durant’s not here, doesn’t mean anything. We can step up and win the gold, too. That’s what we did tonight.” Detroit News

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

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