Can the San Antonio Spurs nab Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets via a trade this 2016 offseason? According to NBA rumors, the Nuggets are placing their energetic power forward on the trading block as the Western Conference team tries to rebuild their roster starting this summer.
The San Antonio Spurs had a disappointing end to their 2016 NBA Playoffs after getting eliminated by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals. The Nuggets did not make the postseason.
However, the Greg Popovich-led team still has their intact for the next few years which includes stars Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.
“It may be in the team’s best interests to explore the trade market for the Manimal. Faried can be a valuable contributor on the right team, but the Nuggets may not be the best spot for him any longer,” the Eddie Scarito of Hoops Rumors suggests.
“Denver has other frontcourt combinations it can try, including playing Chandler (if healthy) at the four spot, which would give the squad an interesting stretch-four option.”
The writer also claims that Faried may not want a reserve role with the Nuggets but he might be willing to come off the bench for a title contending team.
With the Spurs’ balanced system and its reputation of being a great winning franchise, Faried is not expected to have any problem with any role with the Spurs. This opens up the possibility of the NBA rumors that San Antonio might want to shore up their front court this summer.
How will the Spurs acquire Kenneth Faried?
Faried is on a friendly contract that will pay him just over $15 million per season. A combination of Tony Parker’s or Danny Green’s contract plus another player may be enough to get Faried as well as additional picks from San Antonio.
However, the Nuggets may be better off dealing with other NBA teams that will offer them a young player, which is something the Spurs don’t have.
The Spurs are involved in NBA rumors that has them chasing Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies in free agency. If the Spurs can get Conley, the Spurs may consider trading away long-time point guard Parker this summer.
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