Kenneth Faried has dazzled and delighted Denver fans since his entrance to the league, and has proved himself time and again to be the perfect definition of hustle player. His rim-rattling jams, ferocious rebounds, and overall attitude towards the game of basketball has made him a fan favorite in Denver. However, questions have been raised about his potential and overall skills on the basketball court. His name has been swirling around in trade rumors, much to the displeasure of some of the Denver fan base. Even though he is a fan favorite, and without a doubt an incredible athletic talent, is it time to consider trading him before his contact expires in 2016. I know that may sound like a long way off, and it is, but its never too early to explore the market. The question with Faried is do the Nuggets wait to see if he develops more, or do they move him for the best offer sooner rather than later.
The questions about Faried’s post defense and offense are valid, and will inevitably push the Nuggets in one direction or another. If the front office and coaches truly believe he can develop a post presence on both offense and defense, the Nuggets will probably lean towards resigning him when his contract runs out. However, there is still a lot of time between now and then, and if he doesn’t appear to be making significant progress throughout this season and into next season (assuming he makes it past the trade deadline this season) then the Nuggets may look to move him as soon as possible. At this point in time, speculating about potential trade targets would be silly, which is exactly why I did it.
The Knicks offer of Iman Shumpert was weak, but it helps the Nuggets gauge the type of talent they should expect in return for Faried if they look to move him this season. The Nuggets know better than to settle for just Shumpert in a trade, and are wisely demanding a first round pick from the Knicks if they want to land Faried. One of my favorite trade scenarios that I have come up with can be seen here. The Warriors would probably want a future first round pick, which would probably come from the Knicks in this scenerio. Another potential trade involving Faried can be seen here. This trade seems pretty unlikely without the inclusion of picks,but adding Monroe would provide a consistent inside scoring threat. Lastly, here is a trade I made just for giggles. The point I am trying to make is there is a ton of ways to move Faried if the Nuggets decide to go in that direction. At this point however, the Nuggets seem to be leaning towards keeping Faried, but keep your ears open because he is probably going to be the center of trade rumors for the rest of this season and probably into the next season as well.