Kenneth Faried is entering his third year in the NBA, and he has turned himself in to a nice player. Coming out of Morehead State, Faried was an undersized power forward who set the NCAA record for rebounds. At the most he could be a guy who came off the bench and grabbed some boards. Well, he broke past those expectations, and he is the starting power forward in Denver. He is a freak athlete who can rebound and play with great energy. He never takes a play off, and he is likely wanted around the league. Well, according to Zach Lowe of Grantland, we will see if the league wants him:
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.
If they offer Faried a contract that actually fits what they give him, then they will lose him to a team who is willing to overpay for his services. He isn’t a polished player on offense, and bigger power forwards can take advantage of his 6’6 build on defense. It makes sense for them to see who would take him, but they will be looking for a good return for Faried. This is something to watch as we start the season.