NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves Interested In Denver Nuggets Forward Kenneth Faried
The NBA Draft is right around the corner. With that being said, many teams in the National Basketball Association are looking to make a trade to acquire a pick or a trade for an established player. There will be a lot of trade rumors for the next couple of weeks. The Denver Nuggets are looking to move power forward Kenneth Faried this summer. Several teams could be interested in trading for the young big man. According to Sporting News, the Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed interest in trading for Faried.
The Denver Nuggets selected Kenneth Faried with the 22th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. In his first season, he averaged 10.2 points and 7.7 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game. Faried showed potential to be a double-double player in the National Basketball Association. During the summer of 2014, the Nuggets signed Faried to a contract extension. He signed a five-year deal worth $60 million.
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Kenneth Faried has developed into one of the NBA’s most relentless talents, a fierce rebounder, and defender. He became an integral part of the Denver Nuggets’ long-term nucleus. Faried is unlikely to be a stretch four in the National Basketball Association. He has attempted only 13 career three-pointers.
Kenneth Faried has not been happy with his role with the Denver Nuggets. He has seen his minutes drop this past season.
New Minnesota Timberwolves team president and head coach Tom Thibodeau has been a fan of Kenneth Faried. Thibodeau was a part of the Team USA staff when Faried competed in the World Cup in 2014.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to bring an established big man to play alongside Rookie of the Year winner Karl Anthony-Towns. The Timberwolves are in need of some help with rebounding. Kenneth Faried fits that bill. He puts in a lot of effort on fighting for rebounds and is a very good hustle player in the NBA. Faried is a very quality player on a very reasonable contract.The Minnesota Timberwolves have several big men on their roster at the moment. They have Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Garnett, Nemanja Bjelica, Gorgui Dieng, and Adreian Payne. Pekovic has been sidelined with injuries as of late. He played a total of 43 games the past two years.
Kevin Garnett has been in the league for 21 years now. He is past his prime. Garnett is still a valuable player for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He is the veteran presence for a very young Timberwolves team. The All Star has taken Karl Anthony-Towns under his wings. Garnett has played a key role in the development of Towns. The former NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year played in only 38 games last season. He averaged 14.6 minutes per game.Gorgui Dieng has been in the NBA for three seasons. The past two seasons, he has shown flashes that he can be a double-double player. Dieng plays the same position as Karl Anthony-Towns. Dieng is still a young player who still needs to develop his game.
Adreian Payne and Nemanja Bjelica are unproven big men for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Payne played in 29 games last season. He averaged 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 24 minutes. This season, Payne had a significant drop in minutes. Bjelica played in 60 games this season. He averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in 17.9 minutes.
Kenneth Faried has a very good chance of starting for the Minnesota Timberwolves next season if they trade for him.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are looking to add some interior toughness to their roster this summer either by free agency or via trade. Kenneth Faried, throughout his career, has made a living off rebounds and hustle plays. He is someone who would give it 100 percent every night. The Timberwolves have plenty of assets to make this trade happen.
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