Nets Waive Kenneth Faried Ahead Of Rockets Deal

The Nets have requested waivers on veteran big man Kenneth Faried, the team announced in a press release on Saturday. Faried is expected to sign with the Rockets upon clearing waivers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday.

Faried – who has a $13.7MM salary – is expected to clear waivers on Monday, per Wojnarowski. The Rockets will need to clear a roster spot for Faried and the team is reportedly ramping up efforts to trade Carmelo Anthony. Anthony, who still technically occupies a spot on the Rockets’ roster, reportedly has multiple options and will land with a new team.

Once his deal with Houston is complete, the team plans to insert Faried into the lineup for significant minutes to offset the absence of Clint Capela. Capela will miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery for a torn ligament in his right thumb.

In 12 games this season with Brooklyn, Faried averaged 5.1 PPG and 3.7 RPG in 9.8 minutes per contest. Brooklyn acquired Faried, Darrell Arthur, a protected 2019 first round draft pick and a 2020 second-round draft pick for Isaiah Whitehead this past summer.

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20 thoughts on “Nets Waive Kenneth Faried Ahead Of Rockets Deal

  1. hiflew

    This is the kind of deal that I do not understand this time of year.

    Why would the Nets give away Faried to a contender for nothing? More importantly, why would the NBA allow such a transaction to happen? This is a case of a strong team getting stronger without compensating a weaker team. Clearly, Faried is not a huge asset or anything, but he is still a capable NBA player. At the very least, it makes the salary cap a complete joke. The Rockets just added a $14 million player for minimum salary. At the very least, it should have been a Faried for Brandon Knight deal to satisfy the salary cap.

    I just can’t stand this midseason “roster reset” that happens every year where certain playoff teams get capable NBA players for free. There is nothing “illegal” about it, but it just doesn’t pass the smell test with me.

    • natsfan3437

      And the nets didn’t even save any money because it’s not a buyout it’s just cutting him which makes even less sense.
      They couldn’t do
      Brandon Knight, Danuel House and a second round pick for Napier and faried.

      • bravesfan88

        Any team is allowed to claim him if they really want Faried, or more importantly, if they want to block him from going to the Rockets..

        Also, once he clears waivers, Faried is free to sign with any team he wants..Which he really deserves since being unfairly black-balled in Denver and for whatever reason in Brooklyn..

        Faried is a sparkplug that provides a team with a lot of energy, hustle, solid rebounding, and he can get you 10-15 points a night..He just needs a chance to play, and it looks like he’s going to get that in Houston.

        I can’t stand the Rockets, aND especially dislike James, two-stepping Harden, but I love the opportunity for Faried regardless..

        • hiflew

          Yes any team can claim him, but is it fair? A claiming team would have to pay his full salary, whereas the Rockets are going to get him for minimum. No one is going to make that type of financial claim just to keep the Rockets from getting Faried. Someone might do it for a real impact player, but not for a role player.

  2. TJECK109

    Better yet how is he already set to sign with the Rockets? I’m assuming the Nets gave him permission to talk to other teams prior to waiving him?

  3. infield fly

    Never understood why Faried was not playing much more. Seems very comparable to Ed Davis!

    • Brad

      Yeah I thought this would be a sure Philly pickup. Also find it interesting that he is signing that quick. Considering the NBA is so quick to cry collusion, this not something they look into?

  4. Cafe_80s

    Hey at least Kenneth can say he’s the best nba player to come from his college.

    • acarneglia

      Scored more points than everyone who went to Morehead State combined and almost played as many minutes as they did combined.

  5. Robert G.

    I agree completely with hiflew here. It makes a mockery of the salary cap and its efforts to help competitive balance when players can force their way off of teams and contenders can pick up guys for minimum salary contracts. And teams like the Nets have to go along with it, because they want other players to know they are good to their guys, that this is a good organization to play with. I’m all for players being powerful agents of their own employment–sports leagues have for too long had the balance on that way out of whack. But this just seems unfair to the have-not teams. I would like the NBA and the NBAPA reset how this works in the next CBA.

  6. Guest617

    faried, tyson chandler.. what a joke of a league to allow this sht. most contending teams would grab this guy for the minimum- of course there’ll be more players right behind him doing the same thing

  7. PeeWeeHerron618

    why are y’all mad about Faried who wasn’t getting any PT with the Nets going to HOU shii if any other team wanted him they should have traded for him, hell he a free agent now so he can choose where he wanna play, he seen a opportunity with HOU & I hope he make the Nets & Nuggets pay

    • LordBanana

      Agreed, Faried was already a salary dump last year, he’s hardly played at all in the last two seasons. The nets shouldn’t be forced to keep him and he shouldn’t be forced to stay.

      He’s on waivers, can’t anyone claim him?

  8. Connorsoxfan

    Hard cap and no max salaries. It really isn’t that complicated.

  9. This was an arms length separation. Nothing the league, the NBAPA or fans should be bothered by. Nets absorbed Faried’s contract as part of their sale of cap space to Denver for picks. The name on that contract could have been J.Noah or C.Parsons – trade is the same. They were keeping Faried on the roster only to possibly use his large expiring contract. Since they’re in the playoff hunt, the 10 day contract season is here and the trade deadline is a few weeks away, they released him so they have the roster spot available for 10 days and in advance of buyout season. Nets will likely look to pick up a bigger bodied C type for certain matchups.

  10. x%sure

    Can’t complain, when I would have liked it to have been done already. It was a spacey first half in tonight’s HOU game & he would have stood out.

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