Kenneth Faried seeing PJ Tucker start at center for Rockets sped up buyout talks with Nets
When Kenneth Faried saw the Houston Rockets starting PJ Tucker at the center position, he saw his future calling him from afar.
Faried was with the Brooklyn Nets and not getting any playing time. The Rockets had just lost big man Clint Capela to a hand injury and were forced to start Tucker since backup big man Nene was hurt as well.
So, Faried spoke with his camp and the Nets and was able to get a buyout from Brooklyn. Five days later, he was starting for the Rockets.
“They are not even playing a big!” Faried told Zach Lowe of ESPN. “I could come here and play right away. It sucked [Clint] Capela was hurt, but it opened a door for me.”
Kenneth Faried has been a huge addition for the Rockets, who are in third place in the Western Conference standings.
Entering Monday, Faried has appeared in 25 games with the Rockets. The so-called Manimal is averaging 12.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest while shooting 58.7 percent from the field, 35.0 percent from beyond the arc and 65.1 percent from the free-throw line.
Houston now has a deadly combo at the center position with Capela starting and Faried bringing some much-needed energy off the bench.