Kenneth Faried is with the Rockets now. His buyout —reportedly only a $450,000 discount on his $13.8 million contract— got done quickly. Once he cleared waivers, it was on to Houston. In his first game with the Rockets, he scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds, but the 76ers blew out his new team.
Tuesday, he was back in New York for a game against the Knicks and with New York writers as his audience, he unloaded on the Nets front office for not playing him ... and claimed they wouldn’t give him not give him honest answers about his situation.
“It’s very frustrating. A lot of, ‘We’re going to play you when injuries,’ and a lot of, ‘We’re going to play you when in this moment, that moment,’” Faried said Tuesday.
“Just tell me when you’re going to play me or tell me if you don’t want to play me. Tell me if you want me here or not. Because I’m a real honest player, I’m going to give you my heart, give you my all. And I wear my emotions on sleeve. I’m not going to be happy if you keep lying to me and telling me false statements.”
Faried, who had played as a traditional power forward for most of his career with Denver, was a 5 with the Nets, playing behind starter Jarrett Allen, who has built a resume’ of big time blocks, and Ed Davis, who leads the NBA in rebounding percentage, the percentage of rebounds a player grabs when on the court. The issue of course was Faried’s inability to stretch the floor, having made only three three-pointers in his eight-year career before yesterday afternoon, when he hit his fourth.
So, his minutes were limited. He played in just 12 games and averaged just 9.8 minutes per contest. In his last year in Denver, he played an average of just 14.4 minutes in 32 games. Kenny Atkinson said on more than one occasion that he needed to find minutes for Faried and praised his commitment, but other than extended garbage minutes in losses to Boston and Milwaukee, it didn’t happen.
“I felt bad we didn’t give him more of an opportunity,” Atkinson told Michael Kay Tuesday. “It was a simple case of Jarrett Allen playing great..and Ed Davis has been fantastic for us.
“It was a matter of two guys playing great at his position. Kenneth didn’t play bad, he was in great shape, had a great spirit and attitude.”
The Nets picked up Faried in a salary dump last July, trading Isaiah Whitehead to the Nuggets for Faried; Darrell Arthur; Denver’s first rounder this year, protected 1-12; and an unprotected second rounder in 20. A week later, the Nets sent Arthur to Phoenix for Jared Dudley and a second in 2021, protected 31-35. So, all in all, Faried was an afterthought, the price the Nets had to pay to acquire a first and two seconds as well as Dudley.
Faried said he had hoped to reinvigorate his career in Brooklyn while at the same time being close to home in his native Newark. But it didn’t work out.
Of course, there are two sides to every story. Ian Eagle noted in both a podcast last week with WFAN’s Steve Lichtenstein and in a post-game summary Monday’ that Faried was the only one on the 17-man roster who was not all-in with the Nets culture. And as our Anthony Puccio noted, that was more than obvious on occasions when during huddles, Faried would stand as far as 20 feet away.
The Nets of course got a roster spot out of the buyout, which they’re unlikely to fill immediately. It could come in handy at the deadline on February 7 and the Nets could also convert one of their two-way players —Theo Pinson or Alan Williams— to a conventional NBA deal.
- Kenneth Faried goes off on ‘frustrating’ Nets tenure - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Rockets newcomer Kenneth Faried happy to fill a need, leave disappointment in Brooklyn - Jonathan Feigen - Houston Chronicle