Although the Denver Nuggets are clearly high on forward Kenneth Faried and they would like to work out a contract extension with him, it doesn’t look like either side is very close to a deal and that has led many to speculate they may eventually deal him. The Raptors could be in a similar situation with swingman Terrence Ross, who is obviously very talented but has not carved out a defined role with the Raptors.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders was asked if the Raptors would deal guard Terrance Ross and big man Amir Johnson to the Denver Nuggets for center Timofey Mozgov and forward Kenneth Faried.
“If I am Toronto – sure, that’s a landslide in their favor… No chance for Denver,” Kyler wrote. “They don’t need Ross and they have the better big in Faried.”
Of course, neither team has to make any deal because both players will become restricted free agents provided the Nuggets and Raptors tender them qualifying offer. Then, the Nuggets and Raptors would have the upper hand with the ability to match any offer sheet they sign.
Faried averaged 13.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks per game while shooting 54.5% from the free throw line. In his three-year career, he’s gone for 12.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists , 1.0 blocks and 0.9 steals per game while shooting 55.4% from the floor and 64.0% from the charity stripe. Ross averaged 10.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game while shooting 42.3% from the field, 39.5% from beyond the arc and 83.7% from the free throw line for the Raptors this season, but averaged just 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds 0.3 assists per game while shooting 29.8% from the floor, 16.7% from three and 60.0% from the foul line during the postseason.
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