Nuggets Sign Big Man Kenneth Faried to $60 Million Extension
The media was curious what would happen with Denver Nuggets big man Kenneth Faried, as he entered the 2014-15 NBA season in a contract season. They have to wonder, no more.
Per reports, the Nuggets have nailed down their star paint warrior, locking Faried down to a five-year, $60 million contract extension. It’s a hefty price to keep the young banger in Colorado for the next five years, but one the Nuggets couldn’t afford not to make.
Still just 24-years old, Faried has reportedly developed a more reliable mid-range jumper and continues to improve in almost all aspects at the highest level. In fact, Faried drew raves reviews throughout his time with Team USA during international competition over the summer.
Faried had already risen his game last year, when his stats saw a bump across the board. With career highs in averages of points (13.7) despite still seemingly being held back in just 27 minutes per game in terms of playing time, Faried was showing Denver that he could do more if he was given the chance.
It seems the Nuggets are listening and we could see a more consistent role for Faried heading into the new season. Tentatively locked into the starting lineup before the new deal was announced, the extension all but assures Faried will start for the Nuggets this year and could chase 35+ minutes per game.
The new deal and enhanced role should only allow Faried to improve statistically, as well, while helping a young and underrated Nuggets team make a push for the playoffs.
Injuries held the Nuggets back a great deal last year, and getting players like Danilo Gallinari and JaVale McGee back at full strength could play a huge hand in Denver being a more feared opponent on a nightly basis.
Playing Faried more and actually using him to his strengths should work hand in hand with that, as well.
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