In Zach Lowe’s 32 Bold NBA Predictions article over at Grantland, he listed that the Denver Nuggets would trade the best energy man in the league — Kenneth Faried.
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. Let’s be clear: Faried has a lot of value, and no trade is ever “likely”; there are just too many roadblocks to go that far.
Other than his piece, there really hasn’t been any other reports of the Nuggets shopping Faried. Though, it’s an interesting idea or scenario or prediction.
New head coach Brian Shaw hinted earlier this offseason to his desire to slow down the Nuggets high-paced offense, which would decrease Faried’s value to the team. Faried averaged a career-high 11.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game last season.
Lowe would go on to call this “rumor”, if that’s what it even is, an “educated guess”. Take it with a grain of salt. For right now anyways.