Apr 14, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Channing Frye (8) answers questions after facing the Memphis Grizzlies at US Airways Center. The Grizzlies won 97-91. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Poll: Should the Suns re-sign free agent Channing Frye?


Monday, Channing Frye opted-out of his $6.8 million player option with the Phoenix Suns for the upcoming year. As a 31-year-old and the oldest player on the team, Frye brings a veteran presence to this Suns squad. However, he may not be part of this franchise’s future. He could be signed by a team like the Golden State Warriors, as they try to acquire the right pieces to contend for a championship. This opt-out could also be part of the process for Frye to sign with the Suns for less money but for a longer contract. Another possibility is that this could facilitate a sign-and-trade deal.

We want to know what you think. Tell us below.

With Channing Frye opting-out should the Suns re-sign him? If so, for how much?

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  • Matthew Wilcoxen

    What this poll proves is that 42% of readers aren’t really using their brains! :)

    Why would anyone want just to “move on” from Frye? He’s a vet, a chemistry guy, a stand up citizen, AND a really valuable offensive basketball player. If he can be signed in the $4-6m range annually, you don’t just move on from that.

    • coachj

      He is all of that, with the exception of the “really valuable offensive basketball player”. Is he worth $3M a year? Sure.

      But $4-6? No.

      And BTW, I believe he will get offers in the 3 year $6-8M range by Spurs, Heat, OKC, GSW, CLE, POR, etc… To those teams, he has more value because they have more around him and his specialty is needed because they lack it. We don’t.

      Tying up an extra 4-6 million for Frye in and of itself seems fine. But I would argue that PJ Tucker is more valuable for what the Suns need right now, and is a guy that transitions between starter and bench better than Frye. Tucker is a defensive anchor. He is a huge reason the team took major strides on that end last year [along with Dragic and Bledsoe, the three of them played very solid perimeter D, and Plumlee added that 4th solid defender on PNR].

      Frye is less valuable to this team because of the presence of Markieff. Kieff does what Frye does [maybe not at the same proficiency], but adds other dimensions than what Frye brings. Kieff is a good three point shooter, and very good long-two shooter, and can post up. He is more versatile than Frye and a better rebounder and defender than Frye. He is smaller, but I feel he is more effective and should be our starter next year [if he continues his improvement]. That puts Frye as a reserve, and frankly while he is a good reserve, but not worth paying too much for.

      Right now we know we are faced paying Bledsoe a max, or near max deal. We also need to try and keep PJ. Next year we are faced with either paying Dragic or letting him walk. We also will need to re-sign Green. Then we have to also extend the Morri’s or let them go RFA. And we also will need to sign Ish or replace him. Paying Frye $4-6 million [and I think it will more than likely be $6-8 M] will take that extra from the kitty that we should pay Tucker, and he will bolt. Can we replace him, sure, but at what cost and with who.

      My belief is that if you are going to pay someone $4-5 M, it needs to be Tucker.

      • Matthew Wilcoxen

        I can see where you’re coming from, but I think you’re overvaluing Green and the Morris twins. They’re helpful in the short-term, but they haven’t proven they are pieces on championship level squad. Frye, on the other hand, is clearly cut out to be a rotation player on a championship contender. That is why Golden State is looking at him as their plan-B if they don’t get Kevin Love. That should tell you something of his offensive value.

        On salary: I can’t see teams ponying up 3-4 years at $8m a year–not for a guy who just missed an entire season with a heart condition.

        I guess we’ll see what happens. I assume he’s opting out so he can sign with the Suns at a lower yearly rate, but for more guaranteed money over time.

        • coachj

          Someone who needs a stretch big will overpay him. Maybe not $8, or maybe so. Fact is, when you think Stretch Big, probably every single GM and coach in the NBA would immediately say “Channing Frye” type.

          And my point was exactly what you said… A team that needs a rotational specialist stretch guy will look at him hard. Miami would have been a bit more dangerous with him rather than the collection of non-shooting, lane clogging turds they have. The Clippers would be crazy not to look at him, so that he opens the floor for Paul and Blake. Houston is another prime target.

          But for the Suns, we have Kieff, who can stretch the floor and has a more versatile offensive game, and defends as good if not better. Kieff is a role playing starter, but Frye is no different. The only difference is, when Frye is not hitting shots, he does absolutely nothing for you. That isn’t the case with Kieff. So, I think hs is more valuable to the Suns than Frye because we aren’t contending for a championship.

          As far as Green goes, I put no weight on him. He is replaceable. However, I mention him because he too is on one year left. So the Suns need to replace him or decide to sign him for something reasonable. I don’t care either way.

      • Justin Taft

        I 100 percent agree with your entire post. I would pay frye no more than 3.5 for three years with some type of option afterwards. A guy in his 30s who isn’t a stud doesn’t deserved 6-8 unless they have a center who gets the job done. Then him as a pf works

      • http://www.valleyofthesuns.com Kevin Zimmerman

        Devil’s advocate: Why do the Suns not lack a player like Frye when Spurs, Heat, OKC, GSW, etc., do? If Frye left the Suns, then wouldn’t they lack one? Markieff ain’t walkin’ thru that door (to shoot 3s)

        • coachj

          I see your point.

          I guess what you have to ask yourself is: What does Frye bring to the table that Kieff can’t.

          Frye’s job is to stretch the floor, and he does so strictly by his reputation as a 3 point shooter. However, he focuses solely on 3 point shots, and at times is a terrific 3 point shooter. Other times, he is simply taking up minutes and doing nothing but possibly drawing defenders out an extra 2-3 feet to create space for our guards to get in the lane. Defensively he is at the best, adequate.

          I will concede that Morris is not the shooter Frye is. But he is a more productive all-around player than Frye on both ends of the floor. The team allows 103 ppp when he is on the floor compared to 104.4 for Frye. Morris also gets into the lane and scores a large percentage of his shots from that area, which is a need for the Suns.

          In terms of long range shooting needed to draw defenders away from the rim, I am not sure that the statistical difference is enough to say that Frye is indespensible in that category.

          Frye shot 58-129 [45%] from 16-24 feet, and 160-429 [37.3%] from 24+ feet. Those shots accounted for 72% of Frye’s shots. I would classify that as a pretty decent long range shooter. I would not classify that performance as great. But his reputation is that he is a deadly 3 point shooter, so that forces defenders to get out further on him.

          Morris shot 69-161 [42.9%] from 16-24 feet and 34-103 [33%] from 24+ feet. Those shots accounted for 12% of Morris’ shots. I would classify that as FAIRLY decent long range shooter who does things offensively other than shoot long range shots. I believe the NBA knows he can shoot it, but Morris doesn’t just take 3′s.

          If you asked Morris to focus solely on 3 point shooting [as Frye does], I am sure he could launch many more 3′s and find enough rhythm to up his percentage the whopping 4.3% difference [from 24 feet]. Although I would bet that everyone would start yelling about how he relies on the 3 too much even if he were able to match Frye’s “efficiency” or beat it.

          Frye finds comfort from knowing that he has the green light to launch at any time. Morris knows he does not have the green light and you can see that he hesitates at times to shoot the three in favor of attacking in other ways. Frye does not hesitate too often.

          So, for a team that is trying to develop their young talent, it is time to pass the torch. Frye isn’t as valuable for us. If he were to command $3-4 M, then he can be a very nice specialist. But any more money and you are talking about him being a core piece, and I just do not believe the Suns will be deep playoff contenders with Frye making $6M.

          And besides, we are talking about Kieff being a suitable replacement for Frye as a stretch big. The reality is, Marcus might actually be the better stretch player, as he shot it better than Frye from 3 last season anyway. So we have two guys that can play big just as efficiently as Frye on both ends…

        • Justin Taft

          It’s the defense. We can add a starting power forward who gets more pt’s or at least the 12 he was getting and also get more than the 5 board frye was getting. Do we need a stretch pf to chuck 3s. Not really. Especially when the teams that dominated us had a big 4/5 combo that shut us down. 15th in d won’t cut it and a big part of it was cause of fryes lack of d.

    • Justin Taft

      The frye run is over. Not worth a long term commitment. We need a guy who gets boards and doesn’t get abused down low.

  • czolotor

    The Suns need to keep Frye. He is worth it to the Suns because stretch fours do not grow on trees. He is a veteran that the young guys can look up to. How do you think Bledsoe and Dragic can drive to the basket? It is because Fry opens the floor up for them.

    • coachj

      Morri’s would do the same…

  • zachi

    sign and trade for some love

  • Justin Taft

    3 years 10 mill. Team option on 3rd year team option. Nothing more.