Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
Birthday: May 17, 1983
Experience: 7 years
Draft: 2005, eighth overall by New York
2012-13 Salary: $6,000,000
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Season Outlook: Frye’s season was over before it began after he was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy shortly before the team broke for training camp. It is possible that Frye can return later in the season but not too likely.
Frye will take the season to rest and recover while staying fit with yoga and golf. He plans to stay around the team and attend most home games while also spending more time with his family than the NBA season would usually afford.
Suns team cardiologist Dr. Tim Byrne said Frye has a “better than not” chance of returning to full health, so the hope here is that Frye will be able to resume his NBA career in 2013-14 although it would be a surprise if he returns to the floor this season. If he does come back this year, however, Frye presumably would not play a major role for the Suns. – Michael Schwartz
Biography: Channing Frye is a native Phoenician who won the 2001 5A state title as a member of the St. Mary’s Knights on the US Airways Center floor. As a high school senior, Frye averaged 22.0 points, 15.0 and 6.0 blocks to earn Arizona Player of the Year honors.
Frye — a rare player to compete in the same state in high school, college and the pros – then moved on to the University of Arizona, accruing first-team All-Pac-10 honors his final two seasons. As a senior he averaged 15.8 points, 7.6 boards and 2.3 blocks per contest while leading the Wildcats to the precipice of the Final Four with a monster 24-point, 12-board, six-block performance in the 2005 Elite Eight against Illinois, a game that he said punched his ticket to the pros.
Frye was drafted eighth overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks, making him the highest senior selected, and earned first-team All-Rookie honors after averaging 12.3 points and 5.8 boards. His numbers slid for the following three years, the last two of which were in Portland, culminating in his 4.2-2.3 season in 2008-09 when he couldn’t get off Portland’s bench. He then signed with Phoenix the following season and revitalized his career in his home state, leading to his big extension the following offseason.
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