Channing Frye to decline player option, seek new deal
The Suns big man having the big year has decided to decline his player
option for next season but wants to stay in Phoenix.
While the basketball world awaits a similar decision from Amar’e Stoudemire, Suns center Channing Frye already has made up his mind on an easy call to not exercise the $2.1 million player option on his contract for next season .
Frye wants to stay with the Suns and is hoping he and the club can work out a new contract after a season in which, entering Saturday, he was averaging 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds and career highs in blocks (0.9), steals (0.8) and 3-point shooting percentage (43.7). The Suns assumed Frye, who made $2 million this season, would decline his option but have him in their long-term plans and expect to re-sign him.
"We’re definitely tearing that up and getting me something new," Frye said of the contract he signed in July. "I can not come back on that. It was awesome and it was a lovely amount of money. It’s probably been the best year of my career and, go figure, it’s my contract year. I wasn’t playing for a contract but, go figure, it is."
Frye grew up in Phoenix and has found a style that is an ideal fit for a big man with his shooting range.
"It’s been fun to grow up with this team," Frye said. "I enjoy every single day regardless. I love playing here.
"I’ve got to do what’s right. Situationally, this is the best place for me, depending on who’s coming back and what’s going on. It’s really up to the upper management to be like, ‘We want you here, and here you go.’ "