They don't really have much in common besides their elite rebounding, but Faried reminds me of LO.. He's an undersized PF that has a very unique skillset that no other player at his position has.. I love Jordan Hill but don't think he can remain healthy playing the MPG he would need to in order to meet that LO level. If we can pull off that swap & give them Meeks/Blake expiring for a contract they don't want, that'd be a great win now move & a win for the future.. It only makes sense for the Nuggets if they feel re-signing Faried will hamper their long term plans. I think our definition of long term is much shorter than teams like Denver, & we'd be more willing to take that risk. With all the space we're going to have, we could afford to extend Faried, bring in another max player next season & bring back Kobe atleast & possibly Pau, even though they're both playing hardball on taking a paycut now.
Considering Denver is loaded at PG with Lawson/Miller/Nate/Foye, I'll assume they take Meeks instead of Blake. I have no idea what contract they'd want to get rid of, Miller is probably the closest thing to a bad contract they have, but he'd be a better backup SG than Meeks so this deal still doesn't make sense for them. To solve the problem of also having to cut players, I'm going to pretend they want Harris thrown in..just for the sake of posting a hypothetical depth chart:
That team is so deep it's unreal.. Farmar would play alot more minutes than Nash & that will be great for this uptempo roster.. We've been seeing more & more that uptempo teams with undersized PF's have been breaking the stereotype of "not winning when the pace slows down in the playoffs". Last year we saw the majority of the teams that made it out of the first round have an uptempo lineup & an undersized 4.. Miami - Lebron, SA - Leonard, OKC - Durant, Ind - Paul George/David West is undersized, GS - Barnes had his breakout averaging 16 PPG by increasing his minutes at the 4 in the playoffs.. Faried isn't going to score like alot of those undersized 4's but his unique skillset is going to give them problems.. I'd love to see what D'antoni could do with that roster. I think we'd have a legit shot at the finals this season barring injuries.