The Denver Nuggets are a team heading in a different direction after hiring a new coach and GM.
The plans for the teams future are unclear, but one thing is certain, Brian Shaw would prefer to have offensively polished big men on his team.
According to Zach Lowe of Grantland, the Nuggets have reportedly put out feelers around the league to gauge the interest and value in a trade for 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.
Faried started 80 games for the Nuggets last season, and averaged 14.8 points, 11.8 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocked shots in 28.1 minutes per game.
Do I need to repeat those numbers.
He’s an amazing athlete, with a motor that never stops. The Nuggets would be crazy not to do their due diligence on a guy that could get them their missing piece.