Longtime NBA forward Kenneth Faried was offered a $2MM contract by Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association but turned it down, Emiliano Carchia of Sportando tweets. The Chinese team may increase its offer to try to convince Faried to play overseas, Carchia adds.
Faried, who turns 30 next month, drew minimal interest on the free agent market this offseason despite a productive NBA career which began in 2011. He played for the Nuggets from 2011-18, then was traded last offseason to Brooklyn in a salary dump. He didn’t find a rotation role under coach Kenny Atkinson, appearing in just 12 games.
Faried was waived by the Nets last January after agreeing to a buyout on his $13.7MM contract, then signed with the Rockets. With Clint Capela battling injuries, Faried appeared in 25 games with Houston, including 13 starts, and averaged 12.9 PPG and 8.2 RPG in 24.4 MPG. He also saw action in six postseason games off the bench.
Faried has averaged 11.4 PPG and 8.1 RPG in 478 career regular-season games but lacks a 3-point shot and doesn’t offer much of a shot-blocking presence (0.8 BPG).