Following a year away from basketball due to an enlarged heart, Suns power forward Channing Frye is back on the court.
Frye got to start right off the bat with Markieff Morris suspended for the first game of the season, but only scored seven points. While he wasn’t out of shape, Frye needed to get back into basketball shape with his conditioning, so he could run up and down the court, competing on both ends of the court.
Keeping his starting spot, the 6-11 sharp-shooter broke out with a nineteen point game against the Oklahoma City Thunder a few games into the season, but it looked like a fluke as he failed to score in double-digits for five straight games.
Fortunately for Phoenix, Frye has really come on as of late. Frye is averaging 17.5 points per game in six of the last seven games, with a goose egg added in one of those matchups with Sacramento.
Frye’s minutes will be limited since Markieff Morris (who won Western Conference player of the week earlier in the young season) is playing so well off the bench. Frye is only averaging 26.9 minutes per game as a starter.
With Channing’s tremendous on-court production increasing his value, it seems like trading one of your only 30-year-old players for a young player or draft pick would be the wisest avenue to pursue. If you can trade him to a contender, even better.
Phoenix could try trading Channing Frye, Emeka Okafor, and a couple smaller pieces to the Houston Rockets for Omer Asik and Chandler Parsons. This would help out the Rockets and Dwight Howard tremendously, stretching the floor for him, while getting some great players in return for the Suns next season.
Frye is rounding into form at the perfect time. It’s so great to see him smiling and having fun, actually able to be back on the court. Such a wonderful story to watch.