Denver Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried remains an intriguing target for teams on the trade market as the Nuggets continue to rebuild around young talent.
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Faried Reportedly Included in Griffin Trade Offer
Monday, Feb. 15
Chris Broussard of ESPN (h/t Tommy Beer of BasketballInsiders.com) reported the Los Angeles Clippers contacted the Nuggets and offered Blake Griffin and Lance Stephenson in return for Faried, Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari and Nikola Jokic.
Faried on the Block
Monday, Feb. 15
"The [Nuggets] want to move at least one big man. [Faried] and J.J. Hickson are both available," Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported.
Raptors Reportedly Interested in Faried
Wednesday, Feb. 10
Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, during an appearance on TSN 1050 in Toronto (h/t Chuck Myron of HoopsRumors.com), reported he has heard Toronto "attached" to Faried in trade whispers, among other power forwards on the market.
Faried Has Value on Trade Market, Various Teams Interested
Sunday, Feb. 7
The team has not put Faried on the trade block, but "a 'too good to be true' offer might entice the Nuggets to pull the trigger on a deal," according to Dempsey.
Dempsey noted that Faried's reasonable contract—he signed a five-year, $60 million contract extension in Oct. 2014—combined with his significant impact on the court makes him appealing.
Faried Could Be Moved to Clear Frontcourt Logjam
Faried, 26, has indeed posted solid numbers this season, averaging 12.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. He's notched 13 double-doubles this year and has generally been a force when he's avoided injury (he's missed seven games).
One reason the team might consider moving him is the depth the Nuggets have in the frontcourt, with Faried, Darrell Arthur, Joffrey Lauvergne, Jokic, Jusuf Nurkic and Hickson available to fill out the power forward and center positions. And Faried would certainly fetch a high return for Denver.
On the other hand, the team has actively been shopping Hickson over the last month, per Dempsey, and it also inquired about what it would take to get Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers, though Dempsey reported that the Clippers aren't interested in moving him at the moment.
If that changes, though, Faried could be a part of that deal, as Bill Simmons of HBO Sports speculated:
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PS: Faried, Gallinari and Will Barton (plus a 1st?) for Blake and Lance's expiring works under the cap. How much would Denver offer if true?2016-2-5 18:51:42
Faried's value on the market means his name will be one that is continuously brought up in any potential deals the Nuggets are discussing.