Originally written on Hardwood Gold Rush  |  Last updated 10/25/14
What does Kenneth Faried’s future hold? (Photo: Howcheng) Just what is Kenneth Faried‘s future with the Denver Nuggets? Rumors have abounded all season that teams were inquiring about trading for Faried. The Nuggets resisted the New York Knicks constant overtures in a Faried for Iman Shumpert deal. Denver decided to keep Faried and not trade him at the February 20 deadline. So now what? The problem with a player like Faried is that he is still on his rookie contract. Faried outperforms his rookie deal, so his talent level does not necessarily match his salary. What that means is that it is impossible for the Nuggets to trade for a player of equal talent and salary to stay within the confines of the NBA‘s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Denver was lukewarm on Shumpert and for good reason – they know that Faried is worth more than the Knicks shooting guard. Faried averages a near double-double and his energy seems to be limitless. Players of a similar salary in the range of Shumpert to Faried: NAME SALARY Iman Shumpert, SG $1,703,760 Reggie Evans, PF $1,695,635 Jeremy Evans, SF $1,660,257 Tyler Zeller, C $1,633,440 Chris Singleton, SF $1,618,680 John Lucas III, PG $1,600,000 Toney Douglas, PG $1,600,000 Metta World Peace, SF $1,591,650 Pablo Prigioni, PG $1,591,350 Terrence Jones, PF $1,551,840 Jodie Meeks, SG $1,550,000 Tobias Harris, SF $1,545,840 Shane Larkin, PG $1,536,960 Miroslav Raduljica, C $1,500,000 Ronny Turiaf, C $1,500,000 Slava Kravtsov, C $1,500,000 Gary Forbes, F $1,500,000 Gustavo Ayon, PF $1,500,000 Andrew Nicholson, PF $1,482,000 Sergey Karasev, SG $1,467,840 Nando de Colo, PG $1,463,000 Donatas Motiejunas, PF $1,422,720 Evan Fournier, SG $1,422,720 Tony Snell, SG $1,409,040 Craig Brackins, PF $1,404,960 Quentin Richardson, SF $1,399,507 Rashard Lewis, PF $1,399,507 Willie Green, SG $1,399,507 Andray Blatche, C $1,375,604 Kenneth Faried, PF $1,367,640 Jared Sullinger, C $1,365,720 Gorgui Dieng, C $1,352,640 Kurt Thomas, PF $1,352,181 Roko Ukic, PG $1,350,000 Dennis Schroder, PG $1,348,200 Victor Claver, PF $1,330,000 Hamed Haddadi, C $1,300,000 Mason Plumlee, PF $1,298,640 Dominique Jones, SG $1,276,560 Francisco Garcia, SG $1,265,977 As the above table illustrates, finding a player of equal talent and salary would be a fool’s errand for the Nuggets. This is why General Manager, Tim Connelly refrained from moving him at the deadline. There are basically two routes in moving Faried out of Denver, in a larger deal or another more likely scenario. Denver is a middle of the pack team this season, even with all of the injuries and even without point guard, Ty Lawson. The Nuggets are not quite bad enough to find themselves at the top of the NBA Draft Lottery and not quite good enough to compete for a playoff spot. They are firmly entrenched in NBA no-man’s land. Denver own’s the New York Knicks first round pick this year and despite a 21-36 record – one that is worse than the Nuggets current 25-31 – the Knicks are actually closer to the playoffs. The Knicks pick has a better shot at landing near the top 5 of the lottery since they have a worse record. Denver has to send the less favorable of their first rounders to the Orlando Magic as part of the one-year Andre Iguodala rental. All of this means that the Nuggets cannot count on the Knicks messing this up for them by making the playoffs. The reason that Faried was retained by the Nuggets was so that he could be dealt on Draft night. The Nuggets currently hold a 0.7% chance of getting the number one pick in this year’s Draft. Since that means it is improbably that Denver lands the top pick, they will package their pick along with Faried to move into the top 5 of the Draft to get the franchise star that they have desperately needed since Carmelo Anthony was traded. Follow Peter Sherwill on Twitter @PeterSherwill or add him to your network on Google. The post What is Kenneth Faried’s Future with the Denver Nuggets? appeared first on Hardwood Gold Rush.

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