• Sporting News’ Sean Deveney is reporting that the Denver Nuggets have emerged as a key player in potential draft day trade talks.  As we mentioned in our Nuggets’ Post-Mortem, the team is stocked with young assets and three picks in the first round of tomorrow night’s draft.

    Among the key pieces that could be on the move is power forward Kenneth Faried, who is drawing interest from Minnesota.  The Wolves’ desire to acquiring another quality big to develop next to Karl-Anthony Towns, coupled with Faried’s reasonable contract (three years and $39 million remaining), makes the two partners a natural fit.

    “New coach Tom Thibodeau has long been a fan of [Faried],” writes Deveney.  “Thibodeau was part of the Team USA staff when Faried competed in the World Cup in 2014, and has had an affinity toward him since, and the ex-Bulls coach would like to acquire a big man who can provide interior toughness to pair with Rookie of the Year center Karl-Anthony Towns.”

    The Wolves have arguably the most promising young core in the league, as well as the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, but how much they’d be willing to part with for Faried remains a mystery.

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