HoopsHype Channing Frye rumors

March 5, 2014 Updates

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

November 24, 2013 Updates
October 12, 2013 Updates

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

Frye's confidence in what he was capable of doing grew with each camp day, starting with his first day when he outshot nearly every teammate in an exhausting post-practice drill. Frye said he needs the preseason work to become cohesive with new teammates, learn how opponents will play him and get his game conditioning back. "We practice, but with 18 people, it's tough to get enough time to play," Frye said. "Practice is one pace, like a seven or eight. A game is like a 10 or 11. Playing against different people and how I don't know their scouting report or how teams will play me is really going to help speed up this process. I have to continue to get stronger but this will help." USA Today Sports

September 30, 2013 Updates

A new, yet familiar face rejoined the Phoenix Suns Monday. Channing Frye is back, cleared to resume all basketball activities. "After close consultation with our team cardiologist Tim Byrne, doctors at Johns Hopkins, doctors at Columbia; after getting all of that information, Channing was cleared and he's decided he wants to play, and at the end of the day that's the most important thing for him and his family," Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said. The news comes more than a year (376 days to be exact) after the team announced he would miss the 2012-13 season because of an enlarged heart that had been discovered during a routine physical. "It's been a long year," Frye said at Suns Media Day. "It's been one of the hardest years I've ever had to go through just because I couldn't do anything. I couldn't rehab it. It was something that I just had to sit and wait and heal." Arizona's Sports Page

September 29, 2013 Updates
September 5, 2013 Updates

After a year away from basketball due to an enlarged heart, the Suns’ deep-shooting big man said he is healthy and was cleared for all activity by doctors at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He began working out and returned with his family to Phoenix. All he awaits now is word from the Suns that their doctors concur. “They told me, ‘No human being is 100 percent healthy. The highest we give is a 98 percent. You are a 98 percent,’ ” Frye said. “They said, ‘We see this all the time.’ I don’t have any fear. I’m not scared to push myself and run and play and get my heart rate up. I’m just waiting on the paperwork. I’m healthy. It’s out of my hands. It’s up to the Suns and what they feel comfortable doing.” Arizona Republic

Frye already has worked off 18 pounds since he has been cleared for increased activity. He knows he is nowhere near the level he played for three seasons in Phoenix, particularly the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons in which he made a league-best 343 3-pointers combined. “Why not take the time to really get myself right?” Frye said. “I could do it (play at the start of the season), but I’d be exhausted from crushing myself to get ready. I need a lot of practice hours. There should be no rush because I don’t want to rush back and get injured. Once you step on that court, everyone expects you to be 100 percent.” Arizona Republic

September 4, 2013 Updates

Now, Channing Frye reveals to Bright Side of the Sun's Kris Habbas exactly what those cryptic messages meant, and how close he is to returning to the Suns. "I've been cleared by the numerous doctors I've seen," Frye said on on Tuesday for this week's podcast. "This whole process has been extremely detail-oriented on both sides - from my side and the Suns side. We both want to do what's best. I went across country to see the best doctors I could all to make sure they all agreed that I was healthy, that I could do this." Bright Side of the Sun

What was painted as a hopeful outcome last year may just be coming to fruition after all. "When it comes down to it, my health is #1," Frye says now. "I said [to the doctors last month] I'm just here to get a prognosis from you on my health, and they gave me the okay. "Right now I'm excited, but still patient in giving the Suns the information and letting their people go through it. As far as I'm concerned, I'm 100% healthy for any professional athlete. Right now I think it's just, let [the Suns] assess the information and go from there." Bright Side of the Sun

With training camp starting in just a few weeks, the Suns will have to decide soon on their next step with Frye. Of course, each party is doing what's best for them. "[The Suns] have to do what they have to do to make the team what they want to make this season," Frye said. "For me, I'm doing what you guys ask me to do, and being professional. I can be an example of doing things the right way and whatever happens, happens. It's been very professional. I just want to get out there and play and do the best I can to help us win." Bright Side of the Sun

September 1, 2013 Updates
July 28, 2013 Updates

The Suns now will have 16 guaranteed contracts once they sign top draft pick Alex Len, whose rehabilitation on his ankles remain on target for him to participate in training camp. The Suns could add free agents on non-guaranteed deals for camp but the regular-season roster maximum is 15. The health statuses of Malcolm Lee, acquired to get Archie Goodwin on draft night, and Channing Frye are not settled. Frye missed last season for an enlarged heart but expressed optimism to azcentral sports about being cleared to play after seeking top cardiologists’ opinions. “We’re optimistic that he’ll be with us and playing,” McDonough said of Frye. “Channing wants to play and the results he has gotten have been good. Obviously, we just want a consensus.” Arizona Republic

June 25, 2013 Updates

Channing Frye, who learned of a virus enlarging his heart after a September screening, missed all of the Suns’ 2012-13 season to see how his heart would respond to months of no activity beyond golf, yoga, walking and set- shooting. As the Suns approach Thursday’s draft and the start of free agency Monday, they also are factoring in Frye’s future as he nears final word from elite cardiologists who examined him for three days at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. “We’re both trying to be safe,” Frye said from his Portland, Ore., home. “I’ve seen the best and it’s up to us to decide the best for my future. I’m extremely hopeful and optimistic that everything gets worked out and I get to play next year for the Suns.” Arizona Republic

Frye relished the family time with his wife, Lauren, and children, Hendrix (2) and Margaux (1). He completed his degree and walked at Arizona’s spring commencement. He attended the X-Games. But nothing fills the void of basketball. He talks about the playoffs like a network analyst who has watched every minute. “I miss this game more than I could explain in this article,” Frye said. “It’s who I am. I had a firm belief that I wasn’t done once this happened. If I didn’t love the game so much, I wouldn’t have seen so many doctors. “It’s been a trying time but I have that much more appreciation for the city of Phoenix. The fans have been so supportive. It just makes me want to come back and play in the city that much more and make us a winning franchise again.” Arizona Republic

February 19, 2013 Updates

In September, during a routine preseason physical for the Suns, an echocardiogram revealed that the 29-year-old forward has an enlarged heart. His season, doctors said definitively, was over. His career path -- which included two years in Portland -- is a little more uncertain. He is under doctor's orders not to run. Or work out. Or do anything that escalates his heart rate. The extent of his activity these days is yoga and golf. "Just give me 20 minutes to run," Frye says, sitting against the wall in his yoga room. "I mean, when's the last time I've been able to run? It's been six months." Oregonian

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