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Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and other subsequent reports, the Brooklyn Nets and Kenneth Faried have agreed to a contract buyout. Wojnarowski goes on to elaborate this allows Faried to be waived and cleared off waivers by the end of Monday. The 29-year-old is expected to join the Houston Rockets, who are without center Clint Capela for at least a month due to a thumb injury. Houston will need to free up a roster spot in order to add Faried.
Once known as one of the most energizing forces to be reckoned with in the league, Faried’s minutes and numbers tapered off his last two seasons in Denver. Going from well over 25 MPG from 2013-2016 to 21.2 and 14.4 the following two campaigns, respectively, the Nuggets simply weren’t finding enough reasons to put him on the floor. Traded to the Brooklyn Nets during the offseason, many hoped the former Morehead State University Beaker would benefit from a change of scenery.
Playing in just 12 games with Brooklyn this season and averaging just under 10 minutes per contest, Faried is averaging a career-low 5.1 points per game. With that said, that number skyrockets to 18.6 per 36 minutes, which would be the highest mark of Faried’s career. Shooting a career-high 59.5% from the field in 2018-19, perhaps increased playing time is all Faried needs at this point.
In the final year of his current contract, landing in Houston could be just what the doctor ordered for the pending unrestricted free agent. A month-long audition for future teams could make or break the remainder of Faried’s career. Once Capela is ready to return, the surging Rockets will have another depth piece in their frontcourt.
Stay tuned for updates as/if needed.