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Report: Suns’ Channing Frye expected to opt out of final year of his deal to become a free agent

Jun 22, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

Channing Frye is the second-highest paid player on the Suns at the moment, and has a player option for $6.8 million for next season. But it appears as though he’ll give that up in hopes of signing a long-term deal that will guarantee him more money in the future.

Frye was forced to sit out the season before last due to a heart condition, but was medically cleared for last season and started all 82 games. He averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per contest, while knocking down 37 percent of his looks from three-point distance.

A reunion with Steve Kerr (and assistant coach Alvin Gentry, who was the head man in Phoenix for the better part of five seasons) in Golden State would make plenty of sense, assuming the contract details could be hammered out. Frye is in line for a multi-year deal at or a little below the $6 million-plus he’s owed for next season, so financially, pursuing free agency is the logical choice.

  1. loubearkane - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    He’s crazy

  2. bruiserbrigade - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Let him go. Markieff Morris has shown he’s ready to take over the starting 4 spot.

  3. delusionalcardsfan - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    See ya pal! You were over paid from the get go. I couldn’t believe how his salary jumped throughout the day when he was signed. Best of luck man.

    • wupsumskul - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      Dude you think he was paid to much??? He accomplished more than Beasley for the suns who basically got 15 million for one year. 6.5 million for a 6th man is nothing in the nba these days.

  4. spyder9669 - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    The total contract I believe was 5 years 50-55 mill. THAT was too much.

    • JHathwell - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:44 AM

      Deal was 6/30.4m.

  5. saint1997 - Jun 23, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    Pistons will overpay

  6. fnc111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    What a loyal guy. Steals 6.8 million two years ago after sitting out the whole season then bolts the first opportunity he gets.

    • spursareold - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:45 AM

      Did you really WANT to see him drop dead as his aorta exploded, so he could “earn his pay”?

  7. phx1311 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Frye is a good guy but he is not what the suns need. It irks me soooo badly that a guy his size just wants to shoot threes. See ya Frye !!!

  8. fnc111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Or just give his salary back from the 2012-13 season and all is good. Narcissistic much, spursold? What a dumb jump off the ledge comment you made.

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