NBA Veteran Kenneth Faried Released by Zhenjiang Lions after 7 Games

Kenneth Faried in 2014
Kenneth Faried in 2014. Photo by Heikki Saukkoma/REX/Shutterstock (4088910e)

Kenneth Faried’s adventure in China has come to a surprising end. The NBA veteran was released by his club Zhenjiang Lions on Monday. The news was first reported by Sportando’s Emiliano Carchia.

Faried leaves the Chinese Basketball Association after playing just seven games in which he averaged 17.3 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. The reason for his departure from China remains unknown, but some reports indicate that the 30-year-old is dealing with an injury.

Kenneth Faried spent the summer being largely overlooked by NBA teams and remained a free agent after the season began. He decided to join Lions on a one-year, $4 million deal in November. Faried will now most likely return to the U.S., and to try to land a spot on an NBA team in need of a rotational player.

Since becoming 22nd overall pick in 2011, Faried played with Denver Nuggets, Brooklyn Nets, and Houston Rockets in his career. In 25 games with Rockets last season, he averaged 12.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

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