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The Brooklyn Nets acquired Kenneth Faried from the Denver Nuggets in July and some thought Brooklyn would part ways with the power forward since he’s owed $13.8 million in 2018-19, the final year of his deal.
After spending the first seven years of his career in Denver, Faried fell out of the Nuggets’ rotation this past season and averaged just 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 32 games, shooting 51.4 percent from the field.
The Nets, however, are going to keep Faried and the 28-year-old is excited for a fresh start in Brooklyn.
“I’m excited to be here,” Faried told Brian Lewis of The New York Post. “I never stopped being the player I am. The Nuggets wanted to go in a different direction. Brooklyn decided, ‘Hey, let’s pick up a still-able, still-capable player who can go out and produce and lead a team and do the things he’s done before.’ They believed in me, took this chance to trade for me, and I’m excited to be here and produce.”
Faried has career averages of 11.4 points and 8.2 rebounds in 441 games. He had his best season in the NBA during the 2013-14 campaign, when he posted 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds for the Nuggets.
Nicknamed ‘The Manimal,’ Faried is looking to bring energy to the Nets.
“The intangible things I do, I want to rub off on my teammates,” Faried said. “My energy is contagious, so my energy when I was in the game doing the things I did was contagious around the whole team, the stadium. That’s why when you hear ‘We want Manimal!’ back when I was in Denver, or fans chanting ‘We Want Manimal,’ it’s for a reason. Because I bring that energy and that’s what I plan to do here.”