HoopsHype Channing Frye rumors

June 29, 2014 Updates

If they are unable to land Anthony or James, the Lakers are also expected to have a strong interest in Washington free-agent forward Trevor Ariza, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, Detroit center Greg Monroe and Phoenix forward Channing Frye, according to sources. Ariza, 29, was a key part of the Lakers 2009 NBA championship team, but left after the team chose to sign Ron Artest to a five-year deal following the season. The former UCLA star is coming off a career season with the Washington Wizards, in which he averaged 14.4 points and career highs in field goal percentage (45.6), 3-point percentage (40.7) and rebounds (6.2). ESPN.com

June 26, 2014 Updates

The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala is recruiting former University of Arizona teammate Channing Frye to Golden State, where the free agent-to-be could fit in as a jump-shooting big man. Frye, 31, shot 37 percent from 3-point range in what could be his final season for the Phoenix Suns after he declined a $6.8 million option, opting out of the final season of a five-year, $30 million contract. “I’ve talked to Channing a few times,” Iguodala told Sirius XM on Thursday. “I told him how great the Bay was. I told him how his family would enjoy it. I know his family well. My family knows his family, so it wouldn’t be strangers. I would take care of him. If he needed a room, I got an extra room for him. I like to pass a lot. I passed to Channing a lot in college, so Channing knows that he’ll be able to shoot the rock.” Contra Costa Times

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But the Suns don't necessarily have all the control when it comes to a potential return. Frye signed a five-year, $30 million contract back in July 2010, however the 30-year-old holds a player option for the fifth year worth $6.8 million. So the question is, will he pick it up this summer? "I don't know, you'd have to ask Channing," Suns general manager Ryan McDonough told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM's Burns & Gambo Wednesday. "We'd like to have him back either way. If he picks up the option, that's great. It's remarkable. He's going to be the one guy who is going to start every game for us this year." Arizona's Sports Page

April 16, 2014 Updates

Frye would like to negotiate a contract extension after averaging 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds this season on 43.3 percent shooting, including 37.1 percent on 3s. "I want to talk to the Suns and make sure we're both on the same page about what I want," Frye said. "I'd love to stay here. It's up to them and their future and what they want to do. I love wearing this uniform. I think I take a little more pride in it than everyone else because I'm from here. "It's looking for the future and if I could get something longer. I got kids and I want to be somewhere. I've been here for five years already so it wouldn't be bad to kind of not be worried about being traded or buying a house." Arizona Republic

Frye, 30, will be the first Suns player to start 82 games in a season since Amar'e Stoudemire in 2009-10. Frye has never played an entire season in his eight-year career but did play 81 in 2009-10, when he was suspended for a game for fighting Danny Granger. After the ultimate health scare, he proved to be the sturdiest starter. "Coming off the year I had of doing absolutely nothing, it just means even more," Frye said. "I have to say thank you to the trainers for always making sure I wasn't too paranoid about everything and keeping me healthy and I also have to thank my wife for cooking me a bunch of meals and making sure I'm getting rest and not overthinking things. "Embracing every day has helped me to set myself up for the future without even knowing it. If you try to do your best every day, in a week, you wind up being better than you were the week before. This year has been amazing. This has been a year of appreciation. Every day has been awesome, good or bad." Arizona Republic

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Len said he has modeled the work routine of teammate Channing Frye, who regularly arrives early for work. “This summer is going to be huge for me,” Len said. “It’ll be the biggest summer of my career. I’m probably going to stay here and work with the strength and conditioning coach (Mike Elliott) and do extra work. I’ve got to get better. I’ve got to get stronger.” Arizona Republic

January 10, 2014 Updates

It's right to be concerned, which is why fans immediately began asking if Phoenix might now try to re-tank. It's a valid question. Phoenix started the season with eyes on the top of the draft, and they were ready to use Channing Frye, a crucial floor-spacer, in various three-team trades centered around Omer Asik, per several league sources familiar with those talks. (Phoenix would not have received Asik in those deals.) Bledsoe's injury ensures that Phoenix would be very, very bad if they found a trade for Goran Dragic. Grantland

November 28, 2013 Updates

His wife, Lauren, worried more that he would not survive with an enlarged heart. Suns teammates could not envision a future without Frye. His daughter, Margaux, was born without any vision. Last Thanksgiving, the Fryes were at their Portland home dealing with the two largest scares of their lives regarding Channing and Margaux. Frye had just been diagnosed with a dilated cardiomyopathy two months earlier and ordered to stop playing basketball, a prescription that would last a year. Baby Margaux, 7 months old at the time, had just gone through the third of an eventual five eye surgeries but still had no assurances about her long-term vision after being born blind with cataracts. Arizona Republic

This Thanksgiving is in the Valley because Frye has a clean bill of health — and his old starting power forward job with the Suns. Margaux sees her dad in his uniform, lighting up when she takes a walk to the US Airways Center court. “I’m going to look back and say I can’t believe what we went through in 2013,” Lauren said. “All of a sudden, we’re back to two years ago. Channing is calling with things that seem minimal, like ‘My shot’s off today.’ I’m thinking, ‘I don’t care. You’re on the court.’Arizona Republic

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Frye scored 14 points in 16 minutes of the Suns' 104-98 preseason victory Wednesday night at the Portland Trail Blazers, his former team — and his off-season home. Frye made three of his four three-point attempts but his shot was even better than the box score shows because his first two baskets were shots with his toes on the three-point line. "I talked to (Suns coach) Jeff (Hornacek) and the training staff and they were all like, 'Channing, you're a lot better than you think you are,' " Frye said Thursday. "I trust Jeff and our coaching staff a lot to keep my minutes to where I was comfortable. Go figure, I wanted to play some more. I felt great. I was pretty shocked at myself. Even though it's just preseason, it's growing and progressing for me." USA Today Sports

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