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As expected, Channing Frye’s agent tells Suns he’s opting out, to be free agent

Jun 24, 2014, 8:45 AM EST

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Moms, if you’ve got a tall son teach him to shoot the three ball. Because if you’re a big man who can knock it down from the arc, you are going to get paid. The NBA is evolving toward needing that skill set more than the ability to back down some guy in the post and take up 12 seconds of the clock doing it.

Channing Frye sees that and wants to cash in.

Frye was set to make $6.8 million next season but clearly wants the security of a multi-year deal more because he’s leaving that money on the table.

Frye’s agent informed the Suns on Monday the stretch four was opting out of his contract for next season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Frye passed on his player option for $6.8 million for the 2014-15 season, which would’ve been the final season of a five-year, $30 million deal. The Suns were notified of Frye’s decision on Monday.

The Suns have a desire to re-sign Frye, sources said, but much will be determined about that viability through the draft and possible trades.

Frye missed all of the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart but bounced back last season to average11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per contest, knocking down 37 percent of his looks from three-point range. He was a floor-spacing four for most of the season but even played some five for the small-ball Suns under Jeff Hornacek.

Frye may be 31 but his skill set is in growing demand around the NBA and he should have no problem securing a multi-year deal. Already there are reports the Warriors (with former Suns’ Steve Kerr and Alvin Gentry as coaches) as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers have interest. There likely will be others.

Frye’s new deal could end up being for less per year than he would have made last year, but after everything with his heart condition he may prefer the security of a longer-term deal to that money up front.

 

  1. rrhoe - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Some players never cease to amaze me,I would be shocked if he got more than that next year.

    • louderthanwords1 - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Well Frye would be shocked too since he’s not expecting to get as much or more next yr either. It’s about signing a multi yr deal where he will make more over the life of the deal than he would have made next yr.

  2. saint1997 - Jun 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Frye is great value…in my career in 2k14. Dude just pops it every time he’s open and I appreciate that

  3. norcalsportsknowledge - Jun 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    11 pts in 28 mins. are good back up numbers, not good starter numbers, for a offensive 4.

  4. money2long - Jun 24, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Spurs would kill somebody to sign him. He’s perfect for them.

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