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SHAMS: NETS, FARIED IN BUYOUT TALKS

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported late Friday that the Nets are about to buyout Kenneth Faried who is expected to join the Rockets.

Adrian Wojnarowski said the buyout could happen as soon as Saturday.

Woj added that the Rockets will give Faried immediate minutes, replacing the injured Clint Capela.

Faried, acquired in a salary dump last July 13, had played sparingly this season. He’s played in only 12 out of the Nets 47 points, averaging 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 9.8 minutes. Twice this month, the Nets gave him extensive minutes and he came away with double-doubles.

The first indication that Faried might be leaving came earlier this week when Ian Eagle told Steve Lichtenstein of WFAN that the 6’8” Newark native was the only Nets player not “all-in.”

Once Faried is bought out, the Nets will have an open roster spot which they can use to convert one of their two-way deals to a conventional contract or leave open to give Sean Marks an open roster spot for an unbalanced trade.

Michael Scotto of The Athletic tweeted that the Nets will likely keep the spot open … for now.

In the July trade, the Nets took on Faried’s $13.7 million expiring deal and received two draft picks, the Nuggets first rounder this June and the Nuggets second rounder next year, as compensation.



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