The Chicago Bulls proposed a deal that included the Nuggets’ forward Kenneth Faried, according to Chicago Sports News. The Nuggets turned down the offer, but did not end trade negotiations with Chicago.
Faried, 24, has averaged 12.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in his first three seasons with the Denver Nuggets.
Faried played in 80-of-82 games for the second straight season, while averaging a career-high 13.7 points on 54 percent shooting, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.9 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 27 minutes per game for the Nuggets in 2013-14.
After the All-Star break, Faried averaged 18.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals while shooting 55% from the field. Aside from his impressive numbers during the second half of the season, Faried has not shown much signs of being a franchise player. However, he plans on being a superstar.
“I respect it, but that’s not something I want – ‘Oh he’s the energy guy. That’s all he’s going to bring us. I want to be known as ‘He’s the All-Star, he’s the superstar.’ I want to be that superstar player. I know what it takes. I’ve seen what it takes. I’ve watched guys at my position make it to that level, and I’m trying to make it there, too.” (Via NuggLove.com)
The Chicago Bulls could offer Taj Gibson and draft picks in exchange for Faried. However, the Nuggets appear to value their former first round pick extremely high.