Nuggets want to trade Faried, could talk with Hawks

Kenneth Faried was traded to the Nets after seven years with the Nuggets this offseason.

The Denver Nuggets are aggressively seeking to shed salary by trading forward Kenneth Faried and the Atlanta Hawks are willing to accommodate them for the right price, according to report from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Faried is owed $13.8 million in 2018-19, the final year of his deal. The big man fell out of Denver’s rotation this past season and only averaged 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 32 games.

The Hawks would likely seek draft picks, young players or both as part of a deal with the Nuggets or any other team that wants to reduce payroll, per the report.

Atlanta has four picks in the 2018 draft: Nos. 3, 19, 30 and 34 overall.

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk says the team is receiving a lot of trade interest from other teams ahead of the draft.

“It’s exciting,” Schlenk said. “Having the four picks (including ) the third pick, we get a lot of phone calls, which is exciting as well. We are going to go through all the different options presented and make the best decision hopefully. We are going through all those different scenarios and trying to evaluate whether the players in this draft would be players that we would value over the assets that we have stockpiled.”

The Hawks hired Philadelphia 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce to be their new head coach. Pierce is replacing Mike Budenholzer, who is now with the Milwaukee Bucks.