The Phoenix Suns surprised the NBA world with a very good regular season, but came up just short of making the playoffs. One of the main reasons why was the resurgence of stretch power forward Channing Frye, who missed all of last season due to a heart problem. According to reports coming out of Phoenix, Frye would like to sit down and discuss a contract extension with the Suns this offseason to stick around long-term.
“I want to talk to the Suns and make sure we’re both on the same page about what I want. I’d love to stay here. It’s up to them and their future and what they want to do. I love wearing this uniform. I think I take a little more pride in it than everyone else because I’m from here. It’s looking for the future and if I could get something longer. I got kids and I want to be somewhere. I’ve been here for five years already so it wouldn’t be bad to kind of not be worried about being traded or buying a house.” – Channing Frye
This certainly sounds promising, as the Suns have been rumored to be wanting to sign him to an extension this offseason as well. It will be interesting to see what kind of money he is asking for, but it likely won’t be a contract that would break the bank for the Suns. The Suns have something very special brewing and the future looks bright, and Frye is a big piece of what Phoenix wants to do as well.
Frye has played in and started 81 games this season, averaging 11.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game. His three-point shooting numbers look great at 37%, and he is the definition of a true stretch power forward. He has also been a very important veteran presence in the locker room to a very young team.
Overall, it is likely that the two sides will hammer out a new deal this offseason to keep Frye in town for awhile. Phoenix is a young team that is building for the future, but every young team needs veterans like Frye sprinkled into the mix. There are many reasons for Suns fans to be excited about next season and believe in a potential playoff appearance.