Channing Frye started out his career with the New York Knicks where he had a great rookie season averaging 12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds a game as well as a career high 48% shooting from the field overall. However Frye has failed to build off that good year and after a rollercoaster ride going to Portland he seemed to have found a role and a home in Phoenix. Despite Frye’s trademark 3-point shooting it’s almost clear his role is no longer stable in Phoenix. With a rising young player like Markieff Morris who is pretty much a Channing Frye who rebounds better, defends better, and plays the post better and also a veteran forward Luis Scola on board Frye just might be on his way out. So what’s to be expected of the Suns 7-foot sniper?
1) What will be Channing Frye’s role coming to the upcoming season?
– The same as it has been since he’s got here, floor stretcher. Frye hasn’t showed much improvement at this point season to season, it’s clearly obvious at this point he doesn’t put in a lot of effort to improve his game during the NBA off-season then again that’s what separates the average player from the good players from the great players. However Frye’s minutes are expected to dip drastically as he’s played 33 minutes a game on average during the 2010-2011 campaign and 26 minutes a game last season. Luis Scola is expected to be the starter and Markieff Morris is expected to be his back-up.
2) Will Channing Frye be traded this year?
– My guess is yes. Frye is a decent player, but he just doesn’t fit into the Suns blueprint right now what’s so ever. Frye is a one trick pony who doesn’t offer much other than his ability to stretch the floor with his jumper and spread the offense, he’s pretty much an overpaid Matt Bonner.
3) What’s Channing Frye’s value?
– Frye is more valuable to some teams than others, for example a guy like Frye would be much more valuable to a team like the Oklahoma City Thunder than the Suns because a team like the Thunder has so much offensive weapons and with Frye, Durant, Westbrook, Harden and Ibaka on the floor the Thunder offense will be pretty much impossible to stop. This is why the Suns offense was so potent back during the playoff run season of 2010 when Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire played pick and roll all day which lead Frye’s defender who would be a big man to decide either to help in the paint which would lead to an open 3 for Frye or not help and let Amar’e dunk. So Frye would certainly draw interests from a team like the Thunder or any other team that’s contending or borderline contending. Sharp shooting big guys like Frye are rare, so the Suns can certainly get some decent value for him.
4) The Suns and Channing Frye?
– Again, a guy like Frye can’t really help a mediocre/rebuilding team. When the Suns offered him that big extension back in 2010 it was a mistake but it’s one we can understand. Back then Frye had a good year for the Suns and had a couple of impressive games in the playoffs, Frye was also in his prime back then, and the Suns were also panicking because Stoudemire had bolted for New York and they thought Frye could maybe fill that hole; obviously it didn’t work out.
I feel bad every time I give Channing Frye a hard time because he’s just such a nice guy and he puts in some good effort in the community of Phoenix but just watching him during some games where he’s just a non-factor and basketball player. At this point it’s best for both players to part ways, Channing Frye is a decent player who can make more contribution to a contending team as oppose to with the Suns. The Suns could also get some more future draft picks or more young assets in return. It’s all but obvious at this point that the whole Suns and Channing Frye relationship has run its course and it’s time to part ways.