Kenneth Faried had some harsh words for the Nets on Tuesday.
The newly-signed Rockets center ripped his former team, which bought out his contract over the weekend, accusing the Nets coaching staff and front office of "lying" to him and sending mixed messages about playing time.
"It's very frustrating," he said, per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. "A lot of, 'We're going to play you when injuries,' and a lot of, 'We're going to play you when in this moment, that moment.'"
Faried, who was in New York ahead of Wednesday's game against the Knicks, played in just 12 games with the Nets this season after they traded for him in July to a one-year, $13.7 million deal.
"Just tell me when you're going to play me or tell me if you don't want to play me. Tell me if you want me here or not. Because I'm a real honest player, I'm going to give you my heart, give you my all. And I wear my emotions on my sleeve. I'm not going to be happy if you keep lying to me and telling me false statements."
The 29-year-old averaged just 9.8 minutes, 5.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game with the Nets despite spending his first seven seasons in Denver averaging 24.9 minutes per game.
Faried believes the Nets never trusted him.
"That was the perception. The, 'I don't know you yet,'" Faried said. "A lot of beating around the bush as to why they wouldn't play me. So it was like, if we figure something out then let's immediately make that move. Because I don't want to hinder y'all and y'all hindering my career, pretty much."
Faried made his debut with the Rockets off the bench on Monday in a 121-93 loss to the Sixers, but his impact was certainly felt as he finished with 13 points and six rebounds in 23 minutes of game time for Houston.
He quickly praised his new head coach, Mike D'Antoni, for being honest with him immediately.
"Mike told me right away to my face, 'Hey you're not going start right away, we're going to have Nene start, but you're going to play. So be ready to play. And you may play a lot of minutes, because we need you out there,'" Faried said. "And I respected that because he told me the truth and kept it real. If he said, 'hey, we don't need you tonight, we want to get acclimated to the offense before we put you out there,' I'd have understood that, too. I respect it either way."