Faried In, Melo Out? Rockets Shuffle Roster As Western Conference Tightens


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Brooklyn Forward Kenneth Faried looks to be on his way to Houston. After playing just 12 games for the Nets, Faried has parted ways with the organization, with Brooklyn opting to buy out Faried’s contract, allowing him to move. Houston seems to be the most interested in acquiring Faried, and have the luxury of being able to offer playoff contention basketball this season.

To make room for Kenneth Faried, the Rockets will have to open a place on the roster. Ideally, Houston would find a trade partner for Melo and waive the expiring contract that they bring in, but Melo has proven nearly worthless in the trade market, with no teams offering anything worth considering in return. Melo averaged 16.2 points for the Thunder last season, but has only made 10 appearances for Houston, failing to fit the mold of Mike D’Antoni’s offense.

Houston guard James Nunnally is likely to be waived if Houston is unable to move Carmelo by Monday.

Faried has averaged 11.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for his career. Brooklyn front office seemed to favor younger talent at his position, leaving him on the bench for the Nets, forcing him to make a move. Faried will play significant minutes for Houston as soon as he arrives. Houston’s roster lacks size, especially after starting center Clint Capela went down injured with a thumb injury likely to keep him out for 1-2 months.

Faried offers a physical defender that can guard nearly any power forward, as well as play defence against the more shifty stretch 4 forwards. Faried will also bring an instant impact with his rebounding. With his size and athleticism, Faried will grab rebounds for a team that is in dire need of a rebounder. After Capela, who averages 12.6 rebounds a game, its James Harden in second place with 6.4. This is one of the weak points in this Rockets side, and the acquisition of Faried should patch it up significantly.

Look for Faried to make his debut for Houston as soon as  Wednesday, when the Rockets visit the Knicks in Madison Square Garden.

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