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Report: Kenneth Faried wants to stay in Denver, sides talking contract extension

Sep 3, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

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Kenneth Faried has been the biggest surprise and one of the breakout stars of Team USA, averaging 14.3 points a game having hit 21-of-26 shots through three, plus he has pitched in a team high 8.3 rebounds a game. Faried’s greatest skill has always been energy and that is what Team USA has needed — Faried’s work ethic and constant activity have rubbed off on the other starters on the team. He’s been the ultimate glue guy and racking up points while doing it.

Sounds like he kind of guy the Nuggets might want to keep.

Yet they have shopped him around the past year, afraid that the salary he will take with the extension to his rookie contract (a salary that seems to be going up with each Team USA win) was too high for his skill set, that the energy covers up defensive flaws. The Nuggets like him, but not at the price they fear they would need to pay.

The trade talks have bothered Faried, he told Marc Stein of ESPN, but the two sides are talking contract extension.

Faried’s game is tough for GMs to put a dollar figure on easily. He scores, but he’s not the focal point of your offense and doesn’t really create his own shot. He’s a beast on the glass but not a great defender. You want his energy on your team, but how much do you pay for that?

If Denver can’t reach an extension, Faried is the kind of player another team might try to poach with a big offer next summer Denver would be hesitant to match.

All just stuff to watch… after you watch the Manimal just tear up international basketball and raise is stock. And price.

  1. campcouch - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Unless he’s Goku, I don’t think energy is a skill. Coach K said something similar like his talent was energy. Then again, he may have some sort of power level.

    • bougin89 - Sep 3, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      I think “hustle” or “energy” is a skill. You can beg someone to give full out energy/hustle with every motivational tactic in the world, show them how to(film is typically the best example), and that player still may not be able to ‘bring it’ like Farried does. Example: James Harden.

      • nilla619 - Sep 3, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Better example Andrew Bynum

      • campcouch - Sep 3, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        I still don’t think “energy” is a learned ability. It’s more a display of effort. You either do it or you don’t. Anyone can put forth effort to do something, not everyone can make a cake without instruction.

  2. saint1997 - Sep 3, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Those players work really well on a certain roster, but I feel Denver isn’t that one. Let me explain, for instance take the Knicks as an example. Not suggesting it’s a feasible trade spot but he would work so well there, soaking up rebounds and pushing the other plays to play a better offensive game. In Denver, the team already does what he brings to a team too well. It’s almost as if he embodies his team spirit too closely, and thus struggles to stand out

  3. lazegowizfan95 - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    He meant to say I want to be traded to the Wizards

  4. ProBasketballPundit - Sep 3, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Time to trade Mozgov! Right? I mean McGee & Faried will be on expensive contracts so you might as well see what you can get for Mozgov.

  5. eugenesaxe1 - Sep 3, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Your description of Faried sounds exactly like a description of JJ Hickson (also a Nugget), signed for 4yrs/22mil (I think)?

  6. sirjustin69 - Sep 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Best power forward in the NBA hands down!! Sign him Denver!!!

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