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Kenneth Faried makes a not-guilty plea on marijuana charges

Brooklyn Nets forward Kenneth Faried has gotten off to a rocky start with his new team.

Faried was charged with marijuana possession back in August after he was found with two ounces of marijuana in the back seat of a car that was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint.

Marijuana has not been legalized in New York yet, so Kenneth Faried was charged with a fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana charge. This must have been a rude awakening to Faried that he is no longer playing in Colorado, where marijuana has been legalized.

According to Michael Scotto of The Athletic, Faried has pleaded not guilty to the charge and hopes to avoid serious penalties from both the law and the NBA.

The 6’8 forward is known for his energetic style of play and tireless effort on the boards. While he played several quality seasons for the Nuggets, his minutes have dropped significantly in the past few seasons with the Nuggets, as Nikola Jokic has emerged as the Nugget’s primary big man and the league uses more stretch fours then ever.

Faried averaged 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game last season, well below his career averages of 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds.

Faried is a very talented player who can certainly still provide a boost of energy off the bench for the Nets. He will most likely see plenty of minutes backing up Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Jarret Allen and will be one of the few veterans on a young but exciting team.