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February 26, 2015 Updates

Yes, there is an obvious reason to feel sympathy for Faried. If Shaw has put the brakes on Denver's fast-break attack, then the Manimal's ability to get out in the transition has been negated, while the lack of refinement in his offensive skills is exposed. "The expectation level with Kenneth was never as a go-to guy. He was never a guy we expected to be able to throw the ball into and say: 'Go get us 20 points every night.' ... It's probably unfair for people to expect that," Shaw said. "But the other things — the rebounding, the running the floor and the energy — that's what people expect. And that's been a little bit inconsistent." Denver Post

In a season that began full of the optimism, nothing has gone right for the Nuggets, and everything has gone wrong for Faried, whose new $50 million contract looks like a waste of money. "Any time that you're struggling, you have to go back to the lab and you have to work harder," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said. "You have to get in the gym and do the things that got you to this point. That's something he's going to have to look at and say: 'Am I doing it?' " Denver Post

February 16, 2015 Updates

The more interesting questions surround Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried. Denver isn’t shopping those guys, but Jusuf Nurkic is the only true untouchable on the roster, per several league sources who have dealt with the Nuggets. The sense around the league is that you could land Lawson or Faried with a Godfather offer. They are gettable. Boston and Denver have had exploratory talks about Lawson, per several sources. Grantland

February 5, 2015 Updates

The Raptors are one of several teams sniffing around for a roster upgrade, specifically at the power forward spot. A few names continue to surface around league sources when talking about Toronto, the biggest being Indiana’s David West, the next is Chicago’s Taj Gibson, then Denver’s Kenneth Faried and then there is a long list of B and C tier names that Toronto might consider at the deadline if all else fails. The Raptors are not offering much and that’s likely why there has been so little traction. There has been a long running joke among hoop heads that when Raptors president Masai Ujiri calls, you should say you are busy as you are about to get fleeced. Basketball Insiders

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December 27, 2014 Updates

“He got those 26 points going after offensive rebounds every single time. And probably four times, I would say tongiht, the ball got volleyballed around and it fell right in his hands and he was able to put it right back up and in. But that was just because he put himself in the right place by being in there in the first place. That’s what I want him to take away from that.” Faried seemed to hear loud and clear, and even he admitted the talk went a long way helping him regain his swagger on the court. “It helped me. I can’t even lie, it helped 110 percent,” Faried said. “We went to the back and had a conversation. He had some stuff he wanted to say, I had some stuff I wanted to say, and we came to an agreement. Now it helps just ease my mind and I can just go play my game. It is now more just like ‘go play my game and everything else will follow.'” Denver Post

December 20, 2014 Updates
December 13, 2014 Updates

It will not be a permanent move, Shaw said, but Faried will come off the bench for a second straight game tonight against the Rockets. Faried played well in that role on Wednesday night in the Nuggets win over Miami, scoring 13 points with eight rebounds in 22 minutes. He made 4-of-9 shots from the field. "Kenneth still got pretty good numbers coming in off the bench," Shaw said. "Not that it's going to be a permanent thing, but I just want to feel it out for a second." Denver Post

December 10, 2014 Updates

Joseph Goodman: Kenneth Faried appears to be a go tonight for Jazz-Heat. Utah w/out Gallinari, Nate Robinson and JaVale McGee. McBob questioned for Heat. Twitter @JoeGoodmanJr

December 9, 2014 Updates

Forward Kenneth Faried did not play again Monday night at Toronto, still dealing with a low back strain he says he suffered in practice Saturday. Shaw said he's not certain when Faried will be available to play. Denver Post

December 7, 2014 Updates
December 2, 2014 Updates

Kenneth Faried knew the question before it had been fully asked. His answer cut off the query before its conclusion. Kenneth, how do you feel about your seas ... "Awful," he said. Awful? "Awful." Denver Post

November 17, 2014 Updates

Several sources around the league insist the Nuggets' hand was forced with regard to Faried. After the signing of Hickson to a three-year, approximately $16 million contract soon after Connelly's arrival, the sense was the bouncy big man was insurance against Faried's departure in free agency in 2014. Faried was a fan favorite in Denver, but multiple sources with knowledge of the Nuggets' thinking maintain the team "isn't crazy about him," particularly Shaw. But with Faried's boffo showing last summer with Team USA and a loyal following in Denver, the media-conscious Nuggets caved, adding yet another imperfect 4-man to their lot. "[Faried] is a helluva player and plays hard, but he isn't well liked [in the organization]," a league source said. "That gets glossed over. He says crazy s---. He thinks he's the guy, and other guys take exception to his contract." ESPN.com

Eighteen months later, Denver is getting smoked nightly. It's a 2-7 team with no discernible identity, redundancies all over its roster and a morose, first-time coach who has expressed frustration with the fortitude of his team. Several sources around the league, a few close to the Nuggets, say the organization is "rudderless" under the controls of a young front office, led by general manager Tim Connelly, that has neither the experience nor the savvy to survive in a league whose executive ranks are teeming with predators. ESPN.com

"I'm not sure Tim can do the job," a league power broker, who has known Connelly for years, said. "He's the nicest guy you'll meet, but he's out of his depths, and you saw it with the [Kenneth] Faried mess." The mess in question refers to the odd sequence of events during the finalization of Faried's four-year, $50 million extension completed in early October, a deal that was initially leaked by Denver, according to several sources, at five years and $60 million, only the terms of that deal didn't conform to the current collective bargaining agreement, which stipulates a team's "designated player" for a five-year extension must receive the maximum money. Connelly and Ben Tenzer, the Nuggets' young director of team operations and de facto salary-cap guy, jumped the gun while the rest of the NBA, including the league office, scratched their heads at the report. ESPN.com

In the final analysis, the whoops factor of the episode exceeded any substantive damage, of which there was none. The parties completed the deal, and the Nuggets had protected their asset. Around the league, though, there was a collective WTF?! More than one source close to the league's infrastructure has confirmed Faried wasn't the only proposed transaction by Denver that violated CBA 101 basics. One rival team executive said the Nuggets called to propose a trade that was obviously unkosher under league rules, something that rarely, if ever, happens because no general manager wants to betray ignorance of such a rudimentary part of the gig. Most have the good sense to call the league to fact-check potential acquisitions. ESPN.com

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