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Hawks could trade for Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried

Kenneth Faried

The Denver Nuggets are reportedly shopping power forward Kenneth Faried in order to free up some space on their salary cap. They appear to have found a trade partner – at least one who is willing to listen to the offer – in the form of the Atlanta Hawks, according to a source of Michael Cunningham of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Nuggets are aggressively seeking to shed salary by trading forward Kenneth Faried, and the Hawks are willing to accommodate them for the right price, according to a person with knowledge of the NBA trade market.

Apart from Faried, Atlanta is also looking to get additional assets from such a trade involving the former Morehead State standout, per Cunningham’s report.

The Hawks would seek draft picks, young players or both as part of a deal with the Nuggets or any other team that wants to reduce payroll. The Nuggets own the No. 14 overall pick in next week’s draft, and their expendable young players include recent draft picks Malik Beasley and Tyler Lydon.

Faried’s overall relevance as an asset for the Nuggets has plummeted at least over the past two seasons. From being an every-night starter, Faried has become a fixture on the bench of Denver, who played him in only 32 games last season and inserted into the starting lineup only seven times. He is entering a contract year, meaning he’s bound to hit the free agency market next year. A year with the rebuilding Hawks could help him bump his stock up, however.

Faried, 28, has career numbers of 11.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.