Have the Denver Nuggets Suddenly Given Up on Kenneth Faried?

By Ryan Heckman
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One of the intriguing stories revolving around the Denver Nuggets at the moment is that of power forward Kenneth Faried and his situation with the team at the moment. Faried as a guy that many fans thought would be one of the center pieces to the team from now on after his exciting style of play began to excite the NBA world and people of Denver.

For some reason, though, many around the league believe that Denver thinks Faried has hit his ceiling. For that reason, Denver was said to be shopping him earlier in October before the start of the season.

Over his two seasons as a pro, Faried has averaged 11.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, and comes in at exactly one block per game as well. In his 2012-2013 season, Faried averaged 28.1 minutes per game, up from his 22.5 as a rookie.

What’s curious, though, is that he only played 15 minutes in the Nuggets’ home opener. He finished with five points and five rebounds, though, in that short amount of time. It looks like Denver has moved on as they now start J.J. Hickson and Anthony Randolph, while bringing Darrell Arthur off the bench in relief of Hickson.

Arthur played 18 minutes and looks like a guy that the Nuggets could be committed to in a more solid bench role. With the way the organization has acted with Faried as of late, maybe they have moved on. It is very possible they are still shopping Faried and could wind up shipping him out for another wing player.

If the Nuggets want to make a move, they are better off making it sooner rather than later. This situation isn’t going away and I’m sure Faried is constantly wondering about his future with the team.

If they can make a move quickly, they should do it. Faried’s value is probably the highest it will be at the moment, and after an opening night loss to the Sacramento Kings (There’s my overreaction from the first game of the season) they may as well try and create a deal.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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