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NBA trade rumours: Atlanta Hawks could trade for Kenneth Faried, per report

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Kenneth Faried (Getty Images)

The rebuilding Atlanta Hawks could be in play to acquire seldom-used Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, per Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

The Nuggets are aggressively seeking to shed salary by trading forward Kenneth Faried, and the Hawks are willing to accommodate them for the right price, according to a person with knowledge of the NBA trade market.

The Hawks would seek draft picks, young players or both as part of a deal with the Nuggets or any other team that wants to reduce payroll. The Nuggets own the No. 14 overall pick in next week's draft, and their expendable young players include recent draft picks Malik Beasley and Tyler Lydon.

The Hawks could easily absorb Faried's salary under the cap while acquiring more assets for their rebuild. The Hawks are projected to have about $19 million in cap space next season. That figure includes the salaries for their pending draft picks and assumes that veterans Dewayne Dedmon and Mike Muscala will exercise their one-year contract options for 2018-19.

Faried, who will be 29 in November, averaged 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds over 32 games in the 2017-18 season. In seven starts, the 6-9 forward averaged 11.0 points and 8.9 rebounds in just under 25 minutes per game. He is owed $13.8 million in 2018-19, the final year of his deal.

The Hawks have four picks (Nos. 3, 19, 30 and 34) in the 2018 Draft and General Manager Travis Schlenk has indicated that the team is in position to make a number of moves this offseason.

Schlenk has said the Hawks project that as many as 16 teams will be subject to the luxury tax next season, which means several likely will be looking for cost-saving trades. The Hawks are one of a few teams projected to have the salary-cap space necessary to easily facilitate trades in which players with large contracts are acquired.

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