Kenneth Faried continues to spend his time on the Nets bench, with 27 DNP-CD’s. The 6’8” forward hasn’t played since December 1, one of nine garbage time appearances, none longer than nine minutes.
Yet, says Kenny Atkinson, the Nets and Faried have not engaged in buyout talks and the Newark native hasn’t “checked out,” calling his attitude “fantastic.”
“No [he hasn’t asked] … I know [about the reports]. I just like him on this team. He’s been really good. I just hope we can get him an opportunity,” Atkinson told Brian Lewis. “He’s been fantastic. I don’t feel great about it, because he’s been fantastic. It’s weird, some guys, they check out. He hasn’t.”
Many thought Faried, who’s been a top-flight rebounder in his career, would see minutes for this Nets team. He’s been healthy, but his lack of an outside shot and the presence of Ed Davis, who’s arguably having his best year, hurt him.