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Anthony Tolliver reaches two-year, $6 million deal with Suns

Jul 16, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT

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The Suns allowed Channing Frye to walk in free agency this summer, and the loss of his abilities, especially on the offensive end floor, was likely to impact the team in a greater way than casual observers might have expected.

Frye played the stretch-four role, knocking down three-pointers at enough of a clip (37 percent) to help space the floor for his team’s high-powered offense, one that often featured Goran Dragic creating by gaining dribble penetration inside.

Phoenix made a move aimed at replacing that level of production, at least in part.

From Shams Charania of RealGM:

Free agent Anthony Tolliver has reached agreement on a two-year, $6 million contract with the Phoenix Suns, league sources told RealGM. …

On the first day of free agency, every NBA general manager received a hard copy 20-page presentation highlighting Tolliver as the 15th best three-point shooter in the league, his 48.2 percent three-point percentage in the fourth quarter and the strong plus-minus ratios in his career. …

“The Suns are an up tempo team, and when I was with Golden State I had a similar style. I’m able to produce at a high level and this style compares to that Golden State team. I can play the three as well, but my natural position is four, rebounding, hitting open shots. The Suns made it clear I’m coming to play the four. Phoenix is a great city, a great family city.”

Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports that the contract is only partially guaranteed for $400,000 in the second season.

Tolliver played in Charlotte last season, where he shot a career-best 41.3 percent from three-point distance, and averaged 20.3 minutes per contest in 64 appearances.

Frye did more than just shoot threes — he could score from plenty of areas on the floor when given the opportunity, got his fair share of rebounds, and was decent enough in defending the pick-and-roll (or at least slowing it) on the perimeter.

But if Tolliver can continue to knock down threes at the rate he has recently, his presence will at least fill part of the void presented by Frye’s departure.

 

  1. rrhoe - Jul 16, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    PHX no doubt will be a fun and entertaining team to watch but they went this route before,so they’ll score 120 a game and give up 125,they’ll beat the bad teams and always come up short against the good teams.

    • meane56 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Not sure why there are more thumbs down? I am a Suns fan, and rrhoe is absolutely right. The Suns need someone, anyone besides Tucker to play defense, rim protect, and rebound!

  2. 1forest1 - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Nice pick up, but no knock on Plumlee they need to upgrade at the 5. They should make a move for Monroe

    • meane56 - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Now that would be a nice signing! The Suns need front line help. They struggle with the likes of Aldrige, Z-bo, Timmy, Dirk, Love, Durant, Griffin, Dwight, etc…. The Suns back court can play with any in the league. They need some toughness up front!

  3. borisalessandri - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Both the Suns and Mavs are hard charging up the Western Confernce totem pole this off season. On paper they look pretty stout but I’m going to reserve judgement until 25-30 games in to the season. Both teams have given the Spurs very competitive games this past season. Cant wait to see them up close at the ATandanotherT Center this season

  4. 1friendofthepeople - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    That’s not much money. I’m surprised the Heat didn’t go after him. They’ve lost most of their 3 point shooters.

  5. duhwighthoward - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Frye is so soft. Good for the Suns letting this bum go. I hope his heart flares up again and he never plays another NBA game in his life.

    • meane56 - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      Haters gonna hate! You may think he is a soft bum, but there is absolutely no need to wish life threatening health concerns on anyone.

      • vikes69 - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        he is a bit soft, but to wish someone bad health is awful. The man never did anything bad to you.

  6. katra2logic - Jul 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    ‘On the first day of free agency, every NBA general manager received a hard copy 20-page presentation highlighting Tolliver as the 15th best three-point shooter in the league, his 48.2 percent three-point percentage in the fourth quarter and the strong plus-minus ratios in his career.’

    Good work by his agent to make sure the client got a new contract.

  7. vols84 - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Springfield, MO in the house

  8. AZ Dem - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    PHX has a lot of guys coming off the payroll next summer. In fact, including Tolliver, PHX will only have 6 active players under contract. (More, counting rookie contracts.)

    Their payroll commitment for 15-16 is less than $19M. Some say the salary cap may be as high as $88M. (Of course, PHX’s cap number is much higher than its payroll.)

    PHX is well positioned to be a player in the free agent market next summer.

  9. spyder9669 - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:56 PM

    Not sure where you are getting those figures for next season…

    Isaiah Thomas just signed a 4 year 28 million deal.

    Bledsoe will be signed at the MAX..about 63 million over 4 years.

    Right there is 23 million next year for 2 players…

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