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Report: Nuggets gauging trade value of Kenneth Faried

Oct 22, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

Kenneth Faried AP

The Nuggets are a team in transition. After parting ways with their head coach and general manager in the offseason, they also watched Andre Iguodala leave to sign with the Warriors in free agency.

(OK, technically it was a sign-and-trade, but that was purely mechanical.)

The plan in Denver is unclear at the moment, so it makes sense that a player who is highly-regarded around the league would be shopped a little bit to gauge his potential trade value before a large contract extension is handed out in the near future.

From Zach Lowe of Grantland:

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.

Faried is coveted by many executives around the league for his well-above average athleticism, and a motor that seemingly never stops. There would be offers if the Nuggets indeed decided Faried isn’t worth the dollars it will take to lock him up long-term, but the asking price would undoubtedly be steep.

More likely, however, is the idea of the Nuggets just seeing what they might be able to get in return if in fact they were willing to let go; my man Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld sees it the same way.

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. That’s a lot of production that will have a lot of value, but unless a team is willing to come with an above-market offer in trade, it would be tough to see Denver parting ways with him this soon considering they have a team contract option for just $2.2 million next season, and can make him a restricted free agent by extending a small qualifying offer the season after that.

  1. kingwithringz - Oct 22, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    This guy is solid. Would be stupid to trade him.

  2. soundsofsuccess7 - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    Get him in LA. The Lakers need more energy, unselfish guys like this. Put Pau at center and call it a day.

    • dondada10 - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:43 PM

      What could the Lakers possibly give Denver to make them give up Faried?

      • 00maltliquor - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:38 AM

        Steve Blake

    • riders008 - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:35 AM

      LA could give them the pleasure of trading with the lakers …’s win win

      • Anoesis - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:03 AM

        If that ain’t sarcasm you must be on team delusional that Helin is always harping about.

  3. legend30 - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    He’s the type of player every team would love to have. Don’t understand why the Nuggets would trade him, for some reason, I got a feeling Knicks might offer Shumpert for him.

    • legend30 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      FYI, I don’t see that trade happening at all, but the Knicks act like Shumpert is a young superstar… No way Denver accept that trade. I wouldn’t be surprise if the Knicks already offer Shumpert for R. Rondo or K. Love… They’re the Knicks…

  4. ghostpong - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    I know the Rockets would welcome him !

  5. tomtravis76 - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    This would not be the best way for Tim Connelly to start his first time as GM role. But then again, if someone is offering up something so absurd that you cant pass it up, then why not.

  6. losanginsight - Oct 22, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Pau Gasol has polish.

  7. adamsjohn714 - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    The nuggets are ridiculously stupid to humor trading a great young player on a really reasonable contract. Honestly, I think this must be a prank. This is Isiah Thomas level stupid.

  8. 00maltliquor - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Denver would be stupid to entertain this. But then again they let their best player, Coach of the Year and GM of the Year walk for no good reason, so….

  9. nickbrezzy - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    i think the wiz should find away to trade for this guy maybe trade porter and 2 1st?

  10. antistratfordian - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:06 AM

    Such a harmonious comments section; people of all faiths united.

  11. Anoesis - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    “Multiple sources around the league” vs. Denver’s denial. Good way to alienate the guy. I’m beginning to think Karl was right about management.

  12. saint1997 - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    Could see him fit in well on an athletic Suns team

  13. cowboysfaninbuffalove - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    If the nuggets trade faried they are very stupid. Bot only is he very talented but he is there most marketable player!!

    I wont be a nugs fan anymore if that happens

  14. philaw123 - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Lakers can trade their lottery pick next year. I’m sure the Nuggets would love a shot or 2 at Wiggins.

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