One of the latest trade rumors buzzing around the NBA for the past week or so has been that of Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried getting shipped out of town. Many rumors have stated that some in the front office may believe that Faried has hit his ceiling and they would like to explore their options.
In the latest trade talks, Denver has talked to the New York Knicks about sending Faried to the big apple in exchange for guard Iman Shumpert. The deal could make some sense for both teams. New York is without Tyson Chandler now and has depended on Andrea Bargnani to fill the void. Defensively, Faried would be a huge upgrade.
For Denver, it makes some sense defensively as well. Shumpert would certainly help shore up what has been a pretty mediocre defense this year, especially on the perimeter. After losing guys like Andre Iguodala and Corey Brewer, this Denver team is no where near equipped to guard the perimeter as they have been in previous seasons.
The Nuggets are currently 18th in the league in points allowed, and having another defender like Shumpert could help that greatly. Shumpert could also contribute offensively in some respect, as he’s had it going at times from beyond the arc in certain spurts with New York. Maybe a fresh opportunity with Denver could help bring the best out of him.
If I’m Denver, and I truly believe that Faried has hit his ceiling, I would definitely give this deal some great thought. However, I still like what Faried brings to the table and it would be tough watching him go.