The Denver Nuggets aren’t heading to the 2014 NBA Playoffs, despite being the three-seed in the Western Conference just last year. Some of that is certainly due to the departure of Andre Iguodala, some of it is due to struggles regarding new head coach Brian Shaw, and some of it is due to the numerous devastating injuries that this team has had to deal with this year.
Beyond this season, though, there’s more uncertainty for the Nuggets. Shaw has made it clear with comments throughout the season and with the way this team has performed in his system that the team as currently constructed isn’t a match for him and that he doesn’t have a great deal of faith in his players. That’s definitely not a good place to be in, which means some big moves could happen this summer with current members of the Nuggets.
One such player that could potentially find a new home this summer is power forward Kenneth Faried. Averaging 13.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 0.9 blocks and 0.9 steals per game in his third season with the Nuggets this year, Faried has had a solid year. However, he’s not the prototypical big man that would thrive under Shaw, which could mean a trade involving the young, energetic forward.
In an article from the Denver Post, Faried said that he’s not sure if he’s going to be around next season. He cited the Nene trade as a reason why players can never be too secure in the NBA and didn’t seem confident about a future in Denver.
Faried will become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015 when his rookie contract ends, which makes him desirable as an expiring contract and a young player with a lot of value in this league. That could help move along a potential deal involving Faried as well.
There’s no telling whether Denver will keep their roster in-tact and let Shaw go or do the opposite and completely reorganize the roster to acclimate Shaw. Whichever happens could determine the future of Faried. The certainty in this situation, though, is that Faried has a ton of talent that shouldn’t go to waste, in Denver or elsewhere.