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Timberwolves reportedly have interest in trading for Kenneth Faried

NBA: Denver Nuggets at Miami Heat

In-N-Out may not have a location in Minnesota. But that’s not stopping the Timberwolves from going after their double-double, Manimal-style.

According to a report by Sean Deveney of Sporting News on Wednesday, the Wolves have interest in trading for Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried.

Faried, 26, averaged 12.5 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Denver in 2015-16. He has been a Nugget for his entire five-year NBA career thus far and signed a four-year, $50 million extension with the team in October 2014. But Faried may be the odd man out in the Nuggets’ frontcourt as the team is still waiting on him to make the leap into an All-Star-level of production and may be running out of patience with their hyper-fun duo of young Euro bigs, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic, beckoning for bigger roles.

Minnesota lacks a reliable third big behind Gorgui Dieng and reigning Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns. Kevin Garnett is ancient and Nikola Pekovic’s feet are made out of Tostitos. As an excellent rebounder with a soft touch around the rim, Faried would provide them with much-needed energy and hustle off the bench. He would also give the Wolves the option of closing games with a Faried-Towns frontline.

Faried’s defense needs a lot of work, and his lack of range really mucks up floor spacing. But he fills a need for the Wolves, who have more than enough assets to pull off a deal for him. We’ll just have to see what they might be willing to give up for the Manimal.

Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

H/T Rotoworld


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