After seven seasons in the NBA and three with the Phoenix Suns, stretch-four Channing Frye was unable to suit up last season. Frye contracted a virus that caused him to have an enlarged heart, which team doctor’s discovered in training camp last summer. Doctor’s immediately shut him down and sent him to get treatment for the condition.
However, with training camp and the 2013-2014 NBA season on the near horizon, Frye is one step closer to getting back on the floor. According to a report from Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, Frye has been cleared by his doctors at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital for all activity. Frye was quoted as saying that his doctors say that no human being is 100 percent and that 98 percent is the best grade they can give, adding that Frye was at a 98.
Frye is now waiting on the Suns to clear him for basketball activities, which should happen in the near future barring any setbacks. Even with that, though, it’s unlikely Frye will be ready to go by the end of October when the regular season gets underway in terms of game-conditioning.
However, when Frye is able to take the floor for Phoenix, he should be able to give them a huge boost. For his career, Frye has averaged 9.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 0.7 steals in just 23.9 minutes per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the field and 39 percent from three.
The Suns are a team that are in the process of trying to clear cap-space and acquire young, talented players to rebuild under the plan of new general manager, Ryan McDonough. At 30 years old, Frye could really serve two purposes for the Suns going forward.
One thing Frye could bring to Phoenix is a veteran presence that can also help space the floor for guards like the newly acquired Eric Bledsoe. Frye is versatile at the power forward position and has shown he can score in a variety of ways from a variety of places on the floor.
The second thing Frye could serve as for the Suns is a trade chip. Though Frye is talented, he is taking up a bit of their cap-room as he’s due $6.4 million next season and has a $6.8 million player option for the 2014-2015 season. As the Suns try and clear space and acquire assets, if Frye could come out and prove he still has some productivity left, Phoenix could clear some room on their books and acquire young building blocks in a deal that included Frye.
Frye’s return really only means positive things for the Suns as this team moves forward. However, the most important thing is that Frye has recovered from such a serious ailment and get back to playing the game that he loves and is good at. Best wishes to him as he gets on with his NBA career.