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Suns ‘optimistic’ that Channing Frye will be playing for them next season

Jul 28, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

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Channing Frye was diagnosed with an enlarged heart condition that kept him out of basketball entirely for all of last season. There was an extended period of time where Frye couldn’t even do any heavy cardio exercise just to stay in shape, and his return to the court was uncertain, at best.

As the season approaches and the Suns have 16 guaranteed contracts in place (after trading Luis Scola to the Pacers for Gerald Green and Miles Plumlee), the status of Frye has come into question. And the answer, while not finalized just yet, appears to be a positive one.

From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic:

“We’re optimistic that he’ll be with us and playing,” [Suns GM Ryan McDonough] said of Frye. “Channing wants to play and the results he has gotten have been good. Obviously, we just want a consensus.”

Frye himself answered with a brief “yes” when he was asked on Twitter recently if he was going to play this year.

The key here is having every medical person involved signing off on Frye’s health, because that’s something that’s obviously far more important than a return to basketball.

If Frye is able to play, the Suns would be getting a big man who’s capable of stretching the floor with some fairly consistent three-point shooting, as well as a good guy who’s a hard worker back into their locker room.  And there isn’t a team in the league that wouldn’t want to add more of those qualities to its roster.

  1. adoombray - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    4 year starter at U of A, a guy who took less to “come home” and was rewarded with his (likely only) big payday contract. We love him here. with JYD going to the Clippers, he’s about the only remaining fan favorite and will be a sight for sore eyes for those of us who will find ourselves in the nosebleeds at the US Airways center in the Fall.

    • whereyaat - Jul 29, 2013 at 5:11 AM

      I’m interested in seeing Bledsoe/Brown/Butler all on the floor at the same time. Those dudes can move the ball with terrific speed, and Butler can hustle when he wants. Not a Dragic fan though, he offsets his good work with sometimes-predictable turnovers. I do like Gortat, but they will need the SF/SGs to rebound more if Frye/Morris are the PFs.

  2. fnc111 - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Suns suck. It wouldn’t matter how good Frye would be they’ll be a top 5 lottery team for another decade.

    • mickdamill - Jul 29, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      I think you may be underestimating the athleticism the Suns have acquired this offseason, I’m not to saying they’re a contender now but they are clearly going to be better than last year.

  3. goldstar4robotboy - Jul 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Any teams out there who need a stretch big, and do they have assets?

    Heat could use Frye. Just lost 3-pt shooting in Miller, and they’re thin up front.

  4. sunsation3413 - Jul 28, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Fnc111… To ad to your post. A lottery team for years to come thanks to Robert Sarver and Lon Babby who still has a job for unknown reasons. Not only did the 2 of them put us in a big basement with few doors out, they stripped us fans of much of our past. Sad.

  5. newyorkshets - Jul 28, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Great news however my phoenix suns are in for some rough seasons. But McDonough has laid the foundation to rebuild. We’ll be back in a few seasons. Optimistic!

  6. proudliberal85392 - Jul 28, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Gonna be a not-good year here in Phoenix, but here’s hoping Frye is healthy.

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