NBA Rumors: Latest Info on Kenneth Faried and Other Players Who May Be on Move

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 12, 2014

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried steps to free-thorw line against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third quarter of the Cavaliers' 117-109 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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With every passing day before the Feb. 20 NBA trade deadline, it seems a new trailer load of rumors is reloaded for public consumption. We all know—these rumors must be taken with a grain of salt.

However, some have stronger legs than others. 

Here's a look at the most feasible and substance supported rumors circulating the NBA trade talk circuit.


Kennet Faried to New York Knicks Revived

INDIANAPOLIS - FEBRUARY 10: Kenneth Faried #35 of the Denver Nuggets dunks the ball against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on February 10, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloa
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The Knicks were interested in the Manimal months ago but were unable to pry him away from the Denver Nuggets. Per Marc Stein of, the team is apparently ready to dangle guard Iman Shumpert in front of the Nuggets again as potential trade bait.

The Knicks desperately need energy and youth in the frontcourt.

The 24-year-old could provide those qualities for New York. The Newark, N.J. native is averaging 10.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and one blocked shot per game.

Though he's a bit undersized for the power forward spot at 6'8", his long arms, energy and springboard hops help him play bigger than he is.

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Shumpert has struggled all season in New York. Most would probably agree that he still has some upside to his career. He may need a change of scenery. 

Stein writes:

One source close to the situation said the most likely trade scenario -- if it ever progresses to a serious stage -- would package Shumpert and Beno Udrih to Denver for Faried and Jordan Hamilton. But that's the issue; New York simply hasn't been able to get Denver to seriously consider the idea. 

Chances are, the Nuggets will turn the Knicks away again, unless perhaps New York can find a third team to help sweeten the pot.


The Washington Wizards Interested in Beno Udrih and Andre Miller

Dec 28, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Knicks point guard Beno Udrih (18) dribbles during their game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the Knicks 115-100. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Knicks might actually have a player on their roster not named Carmelo Anthony that another team actually wants. Per Stein, the Wizards are interested in adding Udrih as a backup point guard option.

Per Marc Berman of The New York Post, Udrih downplayed trade rumors and a previous trade request in typical fashion. He said: 

I’m a Knick. I’ve always been professional. I’m going to stay professional. Whatever happens outside the basketball court, it’s not in my power. If something happens, it happens. But right now, I’m a Knick, wearing a Knick uniform, staying in shape.

Per Stein, the Wizards also fancy Andre Miller, but it's apparent the Nuggets aren't just driving a hard bargain with the Knicks.

We shall see if the Knicks will actually swing a deal before Feb. 20, or continued to be at the center of the much-ado-about-nothing talks.


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