Brooklyn's Kenneth Faried has agreed to a contract buyout with the Brooklyn Nets, clearing the way for him to sign a free agent deal with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell ESPN. Faried expected to be waived on Saturday and clear on Monday.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 19, 2019
The Rockets are in desperate need for size after Clint Capela went down with a thumb injury on Sunday.
With Capela out, the Rockets have been relying on Gary Clark, Nene Hilario and Marquese Chriss to fill the center position and have received mixed results. The addition of Faried should add some much-needed rebounding assistance for a team ranked 26th in total rebounding.
Faried’s rebounding is possibly his biggest strength as he averaged north of 7.5 rebounds per game in his first six NBA seasons with the Nuggets.
Faried signed a 4-year, $50 million extension in 2014 and was once seen as one of Denver’s strongest rotation players.
However, his role diminished, rumors of an attitude issue surfaced, and he was reduced to just 32 games last season before being dealt to the Nets in the offseason.
In this year for Brooklyn, the 29 year-old has struggled to make an impact in the rotation, appearing in just 12 games while averaging a career-low 5.1 points per game.
Now, he comes to Houston with a chance to revive his career during the second half of Houston’s stretch run to make the playoffs.
The fit is there and Faried is being given his first true chance to contribute since his prime Denver days, now is the chance for him to shine for the Rockets.