The Denver Nuggets are coming off back-to-back seasons that saw them miss the playoffs entirely. It has created a concerted effort to try to changes this up ahead this upcoming campaign. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Nuggets have been looking to move forward Kenneth Faried over the last few years.
The Nuggets will also be at the epicenter of the trade market. They’ve been dangling Faried off and on for three years, and continue to now, sources say. They could deal in either team-building direction: turn young players and extra picks into a bigger name, or go full rebuild by flipping their established veterans for more picks.
Through his first five seasons, Faried has become an extremely productive player in the league averaging 12.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks for his career. The 26-year-old has been as consistent as they come and could be a great supporting cast piece for a playoff contender. He’s set to enter the third year of his five-year, $60 million deal, which’s set to make him the second-highest paid for Denver next season.
The Nuggets could get plenty in return for Faried if he can show that he’s past the injury bug that forced him to miss 15 games last year. If he continues to perform at a high level, several teams could jump at the opportunity to snag him at a bargain rate given the rise in the league salary cap that has made him just the 74th highest paid player this upcoming season. Ultimately, this is certainly something to watch moving forward.