The finances of retaining Kenneth Faried, should the Nuggets want to, aren't nearly as daunting as they could be.

Faried is headed toward the final year of his rookie-scale contract and will be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015. Keeping Faried in the fold will cost the Nuggets, but figuring out where he falls might be tougher. Some of the best players in the NBA are power forwards, and it is a high-paying position.

Faried isn't a LaMarcus Aldridge or Kevin Love or Blake Griffin, all big names with even bigger contracts, but his player efficiency rating ranks right up there with them. Taking New Orleans' Anthony Davis into account as well, it could be argued that Faried is about the seventh- or eighth-best player at his position in the NBA.

And he's getting better.

So, right this minute, that's under the $14 million to $22 million the top power forwards make but more than the $9.5 million of a player such as Atlanta's Paul Millsap. Add in his standing on the Nuggets' roster — he's the team's second-best player — and his exploding box-office appeal, and the price tag could fall right in that $10 million to $11 million per-year range. Modestly. He will be in search for more, no doubt.

It might be difficult for the Nuggets to justify to themselves shelling out a contract to Faried worth more than Ty Lawson's $12 million average, however.