Potential Trade Scenarios, Packages and Landing Spots for Kenneth Faried

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Potential Trade Scenarios, Packages and Landing Spots for Kenneth Faried
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In their never-ending attempt to confuse us, the Denver Nuggets may eventually ask Kenneth Faried to pack his bags.

According to Grantland's Zach Lowe, the Nuggets have gauged Faried's value around the league over the past month or so, a report he himself also says Denver denies:

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. 

The Manimal—who is one part athleticism, two parts endless supplies of energy—is entering his third season in the NBA and has emerged as one of Denver's brightest prospects. Valued for his unbridled efforts and on the verge of becoming a double-double machine, Faried's a player almost any team would be willing to make room for on the roster. If the Nuggets decide to move him, there will be no shortage of takers.

Finding a palpable fit, however, will be difficult because Faried is still on his rookie deal. Players who can have the kind of statistical impact he does don't typically earn fewer than $2 million a year. Securing adequate value in return for him may prove impossible.

Faried's departure also isn't a sure thing, or even likely, because it remains unclear whether the Nuggets are actually shopping him. Current chatter could be completely false.

But the idea is officially in our heads. There is usually at least a shred of truth to every rumor, suggesting that the Nuggets are more complicit in this than they would have us believe. 

Which means now is the time to acclimate ourselves to the idea of Faried playing elsewhere.

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