Report: Kenneth Faried agrees to five-year. $60 million extension with Nuggets

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Kenneth Faried had a breakout World Cup this summer in Spain where he was one of Team USA’s starters and top three or four players — if you’re going to do that, doing it right before you are eligible for a contract extension is the perfect time.

That performance helped make sure the man is getting paid to stay in Denver — five years, $60 million reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried has reached agreement on a five-year, $60 million contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports….

The deal includes a partial guarantee in the fifth year that assures Faried he will make no less than $52 million over the life of the contract, sources said.

I think this is a fair deal for both sides, not max but the Manimal is certainly getting paid.

Faried was a hard guy to put a real value on. Faried brings relentless energy, he pulls down rebounds, his hustle gets him points especially when the Nuggets get out and run, and he can be the glue on a team. However, he doesn’t create his own shot nor is he a particularly good defender. In the right setting he can lift a team to a new level, but he’s not your No. 1 or maybe even second offensive option (that said he did put up 13.7 points a game on a very nice .573 true shooting percentage last season, plus got 8.6 boards a game).

Faried’s game fits very well with what Denver does.

Faried does not have the kind of game that ages particularly well traditionally, so paying him for what he brings now makes some sense but teams might be leery about the dollars and length of his next deal.

But him playing with the confidence he clearly gained with Team USA, plus the return of JaVale McGee and Danilo Gallinari, not to mention the addition of Arron Afflalo, make Denver a very interesting team this year.