This offseason, Channing Frye opted out of his contract with the Phoenix Suns in hopes of landing a long-term deal. The big man appears to have found exactly what he was looking for, but landed himself in a less-than-ideal situation with the Orlando Magic.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Frye and the Magic have come to terms on a four-year, $32 million deal that all but guarantees everyone outside of Orlando will forget about him this season.
Channing Frye has agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal with the Magic, source tells Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 7, 2014
Frye is coming off a solid season with the Suns during which he averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 1.2 assists per game, but struggled down the stretch. Despite his strong (yet inconsistent) showing, he’s far from deserving of a deal that pays him $8 million annually.
To make matters worse, he joins a Magic team that is nowhere near being contenders in 2014-15. The team’s only other significant move this offseason was signing Ben Gordon, another aging veteran who was just looking for the biggest payday possible. Instead of taking less to play a significant role for a contender, Frye took the bigger contract to underwhelm for team with little expectations in 2014-15.
While the Magic certainly have a handful of promising young players on the roster – including Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton – they don’t have the overall talent and experience to make any sort of significant playoff push this upcoming season. Overpaying for a 31-year-old power forward isn’t going to do much to change that.
Frye found some stability and long-term insurance with this deal, but will soon become irrelevant in Orlando. The Magic are a few years away from competing, and won’t suddenly take it to the next level with Frye in the mix.
I guess you take what you can get, right?