The Denver Nuggets are shopping big man Kenneth Faried in trade talks, according to Zach Lowe of ESPN.com. It seems like Faried’s name has been popping up in trade rumors for years now, and with the influx of young big men in Denver, a deal could be more likely now than ever.
Fans and pundits have wondered how the Nuggets would approach their frontcourt rotation for the future. With centers Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic already battling for minutes, Faried could be someone who stunts the growth of the youngsters.
Faried, who played his collegiate basketball at Morehead State University, was originally selected by Denver in the first-round (22nd pick overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft. The New Jersey native was once viewed as one of the prime young forwards in the league after bursting on to the scene by averaging 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds per game during his rookie campaign.
Then, prior to the 2014-2015 season, he signed a four-year, $60 million contract extension with the Nuggets. However, the 26-year-old’s lack of progression on both ends of the floor is a bit disconcerting at this point in his NBA tenure.
Faried’s numbers have not improved much since his rookie year and he still struggles mightily on the defensive side of the ball. As a matter of fact, after averaging .212 win shares per 48 minutes during his first season, he has not averaged any more than .167 since.
With Jokic coming off a spectacular rookie campaign and Nurkic seeming primed to bounce back from a rough 2015-2016 season that saw him recovering from knee surgery, Faried could turn out to be the odd man out Denver.