Channing Frye is a big man with a knack for shooting three-pointers. The Orlando Magic are a team flush with cash that is in need of a long-range shooter off the bench.
It was only a matter of time until Frye and the Magic wedded in holy matrimony, and on Monday, these two finally said I do to each other. Frye accepted a deal from the Magic that will pay him $32 million over four years. That’s the kind of deal Frye was looking for from his former team, the Phoenix Suns, but they were unwilling to pay him that much just to stand out beyond the arc and shoot threes.
Luckily for Frye, the Magic were willing to give him what he desired due to desperately needing outside shooters who can spread the floor. Yes, the Magic grossly overpaid Frye, but they really needed a productive shooter to light it up off the bench. Based off what Frye has accomplished in Phoenix, he can certainly be the guy who can provide consistent offense off the bench, and on a team as young as the Magic, the Frye signing was needed.
So, with the Magic’s starting lineup set and the bench nearly completed, Orlando is quietly building a team that can pose a challenge for one of the last playoff spots in the East next year. Will Frye make them title contenders? Of course not, but he will provide veteran leadership and shooting on a team that desperately needs both.
And if Orlando had to over pay to acquire that type of player, then so be it.