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Report: Channing Frye reaches four-year, $32 million deal with Orlando

Jul 7, 2014, 6:18 PM EDT

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Channing Frye decided not to wait around and see if better offers would come after Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James make their decisions — he is taking the money and heading to Disney World.

Or, close to it in Orlando.

The two sides have reached a deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Joshua Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel has more details.

(Out of town meaning not at the Orlando Summer League games.)

To me that price, more than the mid-level exception, is steep for Frye. The Magic have just drafted Aaron Gordon and Andrew Nicholson at the four, both young talents who now will split up minutes with Frye.

Frye missed all of the 2012-13 season with an enlarged heart but bounced back with good numbers last season, including 11.1 points per game.

Frye is a classic stretch four — more than half of his shots last season were three pointers and he knocked down 37 percent of them (which is actually below his career average). Teams do better when he is on the court.

There are things to like — starting with the fact the Magic needed three point shooting (20th in league in percentage last year). Now when Elfrid Payton or Victor Oladipo drives there will be someone to kick out to who can knock it down. Combine that with Nikola Vucevic up front and that’s an interesting starting five in Orlando. Not sure they make the playoffs (even in the East) but it’s interesting.

  1. 2016olympics - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Who is Channing Frey?

    • apkyletexas - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      The incredibly rich cousin of Channing Frye I guess. Jeeez – the NBA has officially lost its mind I guess. I’m declaring for free agency – my dead-eye bank shot from 5 feet has to be worth at least $16 million to some team.

      • genericcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:01 PM

        Can you hit it 56% of the time while defended?

      • apkyletexas - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:10 PM

        No, but I can do it with a beer in my left hand. That’s probably worth $3 million right there.

  2. spthegr8 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    His Evil Twin brother. Like Mario and Wario!

    • Kevin S. - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      More like Walder.

  3. rrhoe - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    Orlando has made some very questionable moves to say the least.

    • therealhtj - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      Tanking for . . . quick what rhymes with Jahil or Okafor?

  4. rymurphy617 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    As a magic fan…Christ. He’s 31. 8mil a year… Wtf is going on in Orlando. He’s now the highest paid player on the team. First Ben Gordon and now over paying for Frye. Damn. I thought we were going young. That money could have been used on so many other options. I know the magic can’t shoot but jeez. Scary moves here thus off season

    • realfootballfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:47 PM

      And you see why bad teams stay bad unless they luck up in the draft with can’t miss players at the top of it. I was reading another blurb here about Jared Jack being trade bait when he was the hot name a couple of years ago after Mark Jackson got to the Bay. This will follow a similar trajectory, and next summer, another team will be throwing crazy money at another role player, complain about how they can’t compete with all the big market teams taking the stars, and the cycle will repeat.

  5. handsomerob86 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Man Orlando, really got me pumped up with this and the Gordon signing… I can’t even continue with that joke. Channing Frye is a decent role player. We overpaid. Maybe we can give Lance Stephenson a max, we might make the playoffs in that scenario…

  6. 4thquartermagic - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Orlando obviously HAS to spend a minimum amount of money.

    There’s no other explanation for their moves this offseason.

    • eugenesaxe1 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:43 PM

      That’s what I was thinking too.

      • therealhtj - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        Going under the salary floor is no biggie though. All the league makes you do is take the difference and spread it across your roster. So on a 15 man roster, say you’re 3mil under the floor, you just cut an extra 200K check to everyone on the team.

        Heck that’d be a good selling point for free agents! A little “We’re too cheap!” bonus.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:09 PM

      I guess. It’s weird though.

      I thought they traded Afflalo to go young and cheap, getting back draft picks and Evan Fournier.
      However, instead of saving cap space that they could used to accept bad contracts in exchange for draft picks, they gave sizable deals to Ben Gordon and Channing Frye.

      They still have cap room, but they have less than before.
      Their moves so far are a weird hybrid of “rebuilding” and “win-now.”

    • handsomerob86 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Just because you have to spend a minimum doesn’t mean you need to give out a four year contract to a role player for 8 million per…

  7. jzone954 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Man, what happened to the Magic?

    • kb2408 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      You mean what happened to Miami don’t you? Frye is better than McBob or Grainger.

  8. saint1997 - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    I get that they needed a stretch 4 so that isn’t that much of a surprise to me, especially given Frye’s ability to provide veteran leadership. I still can’t believe the Warriors turned down Afflalo and a future 1st for Barnes, that would have helped both teams substantially

  9. zickhead - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Give away Afflalo and Nelson, overpay for Gordon and Fry, Draft Aaron over possible other better prospects. Man, Hennigan what are you doing?

  10. cfroggerton - Jul 7, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Aaron Gordon is a 3, not a 4.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      He doesn’t have the shooting range to play on the wing. He shot 29.3% on jumpers throughout his college season and just 42.2% from the free throw line.

      That’s not a guy who can play on the perimeter. He needs to play close to the basket, so he can help on offense with rebounds and put backs.

    • readysethike - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      he’s a natural 4. he’ll be a Kenneth Faried type player

  11. JMClarkent - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    Overpaying for Ben Gordon and Channing Frye are how bad teams stay bad.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      The good news it that Ben Gordon’s deal is just 2 years. That made sense as a “placeholder” deal that gave the Magic a player to use in the short term without hurting long-term flexibility.

      This Frye deal is 4 years, and he’s already 31 years old. I’m not sure why the Magic were so set on getting Frye – he’s useful in the short term, but he takes playing time away from younger players with potentially more upside.

  12. edwardemanuelson - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Pay-day. Nothing more.

  13. patfic5 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Is Henning an a moron?

    • patfic5 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      Hennigan. ..thanks s5

  14. getlow81 - Jul 7, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    I said before when the Magic traded Afflalo away for a worthless 2nd rounder and a rotation player, that Rob Hennigan should be fired if they don’t sign or make another big move to make up for the stupidity that move was.

    It’s now official, Rob. You can go home now.

    • handsomerob86 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:25 AM

      Unless our picks turn out way better than they seem like they will, yeah hes got to go. How is Frye at 8 mil over four years better than Affalo at 7.5mil for one? Stupid.

  15. themagicfanguy - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    No. Gordon is a 4, thanks for playing though.

  16. adoombray - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Don’t sleep on Frye, the Suns will miss his leadership and fire. He played his college ball in AZ too, which is where I’m from originally, so maybe I have some bias, but he’s a quality baller with outstanding leadership skills who faced a really scary situation with the heart condition and came back. Relax, Magic fans, you might be overpaying a little bit, but you’re gonna love this guy

  17. ericdinosaur - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    Be patient they said, building for the future and doing it right. Then they do something like this and totally redeem themselves! I miss the Darrell Armstrong years.

  18. realfootballfan - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    That’s crazy. I would have given him half that tops.

  19. lakerade - Jul 7, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    Baffling. Yet not so much since it is a business. Definitely nothing basketballwise to get the heart racing.

  20. 00maltliquor - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:45 AM

    Sooo……Otis Smith still works for ORL and is still doing their bidding, just under the pen name “Rob Hennigan”?

    • handsomerob86 - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      This does suspiciously look like an Otis Smith style overpay…

  21. bougin89 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    This is just crazy. There is no way Hennigan can defend that dollar amount for Frye.

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