Kenneth Faried’s reps to speak to Nets about future role
Kenneth Faried’s representatives will speak to the Brooklyn Nets regarding his role with the team after the athletic forward was traded by the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.
Faried had a murky role with the Nuggets, getting spot starts at power forward when the injured Wilson Chandler couldn’t go, while coach Mike Malone hesitated to play him at center due to his defensive shortcomings in recent seasons.
The Manimal is still owed $13.7 million for the last year of his contract and could find it tough to crack this rotation with teammate Darrell Arthur also coming to Brooklyn via trade and the likes of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Quincy Acy also at the power forward position.
Faried has been hellbent on being a starter, saying so at the beginning of last season.
“I’ll just put it out there for everybody. I’m not a bench player. I’ve been saying that for the longest. I’m a starter,” Faried told the Denver Post at media day ahead of the start of last season. “I love to hear the crowd (when I’m introduced as), ‘Starting at power forward, No. 35, Kenneth Faried.’ Yes, that’s me. One hundred percent, that’s been my whole life. And I’m going to fight for a starting position. I’m just not going to lay down and let somebody take it.”
Yet the 6-foot-8 big man started only seven games and made 32 appearances for Denver last season, playing a scarce 14.4 minutes per game while putting up the worst numbers of his seven-year career with 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds nightly.