The Nuggets will also be at the epicenter of the trade market. They’ve been dangling (Kenneth) Faried off and on for three years, and continue to now, sources say. They could deal in either team-building direction: turn young players and extra picks into a bigger name, or go full rebuild by flipping their established veterans for more picks. You can win 30-something games for only so long before ownership jolts you in one direction — even if this ownership gave its entire front office contract extensions over the summer.
When the Nuggets elected to give Faried a four-year, $50 million extension in October 2014, the thinking in the organization was that they would be able to dangle him as a trade chip down the line. With the emergence of Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic in Denver, this may be the year the Nuggets do finally trade Faried.
Denver has several talented young players on their roster in-addition to Nurkic and Jokic in Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris, Will Barton, and 2016 lottery picks Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley. They would most likely be in the market to acquire draft picks in a possible Faried trade.
Faried averaged 12.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game in 67 regular season games last season.
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