The Phoenix Suns allowed Channing Frye to enter free agency and now, according to reports, are attempting to keep him.

By letting Channing Frye's contract expire the Phoenix Suns gave themselves financial flexibility to sign free agents but also ran the risk that another team might swoop in and make the versatile stretch big an offer he couldn't refuse.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports, the Suns will try and make sure they don't lose the veteran's services.

Suns pushing to re-sign Channing Frye, sources tell Yahoo. After opting-out of deal, Frye's surveying market, including Cavs, Warriors.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014

It's a bit early in the process to know what kind of terms are being discussed for Frye. One would assume Frye's inclination is to remain with his hometown team but like any player will expect to receive a fair offer.

LeBron James is an unrestricted free agent and the Phoenix Suns are one of many teams who will be seeking his talents. Regardless of the outcome of their hunt for the Holy Grail of the NBA, the Suns can't lose.

I don't know if the Phoenix Suns have a legitimate and realistic chance of landing LeBron James and neither do you. It's technically possible in the "anything is possible" and "cap space" sense. Beyond that? Who the hell knows the mind of a THE KING. He is a whimsical creature not known for following the rules that govern mere mortal behaviors when it comes to either gravity or employment decisions. He takes his talents where he will.

Oh, to be THE KING.

Victory doesn't always come in wins and losses.

What is very clear is the Suns have already won just by being associated with the physical embodiment of basketball perfection. The moment Woj dropped his bomb on Yahoo!, Ryan McDonough and Lon Babby crossed the finish line with their hands raised.

Even from afar (I now live on the eastern coast of the realm) I can feel the excitement from Suns fans in the Valley. Talk radio and the Twitterati are aglow and all the discussion both locally and nationally is positive and hopeful. That's quite the turnaround from this time last year. Or the year before. Or the year before. Or the year before. Or the year before.

Even better, the Suns front office is being recognized and praised for their achievements in skillful asset acquisition and financial management. They've done nothing this week to change anything about their assets or finances and yet here they are, basking in the glow of their prior accomplishments as the fickle beam of national attention focuses its favor on the US Airways Center.

Victory doesn't always come in wins and losses.

Even Robert Sarver may finally be escaping from under the "cheapskate" mantle which was always an ill-fitting label but something he earned through a few bad basketball decisions and even worse management of his image. Suddenly "Banker Bob" is a guy who can't wait to spend into the luxury tax (as if any sane owner wouldn't gladly spend into the luxury tax to surround THE KING with a contending team).

That's the way of things with public perception. Sometimes you are the dog when it's underserved and sometimes you are the hero for doing the obvious. Smart organizations understand how to put their finger on that scale. It's something the Suns have struggled with for many years but with this one leak* of relatively obvious news -- The Suns pursuit of LeBron shouldn't exactly be a surprise to anyone -- they've come out as winners even if LeBron's talents stay in South Beach.

*I have no idea if this leak originated on Jefferson Ave. but I'd certainly like to think the revitalized Suns front office deserves credit for this shrewd bit of public diplomacy.

I would be shocked (gobsmacked really) if LeBron puts on the purple and orange but I fully expect the team to continue to improve. This little bit of fun rumor is a wake up call to many casual fans in Arizona and beyond to expect the same.

A postscript: All of this wouldn't be possible if the Suns had followed the "expert advice" and tanked last season. By proving their promise they are in the hunt for THE KING or various other princes evaluating the market. That's certainly worth ten spots in the draft.

So the NBA Draft was last week, and that would certainly be news enough, but have you heard these free agent rumors?  That's right Ryan Hollins is out there!  If nothing else he can provide a little advice for us if things don't go our way during free agency.

No, of course we are referring to Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony.  Everyone has an opinion where these two will land, so here's a quick update:

The Suns are banking on James' "basketball acumen and business intelligence."

James and Anthony playing together is not as far fetched as it sounds.

Wait, yes it is.

Hang on, it's actually the only thing that makes sense.

There are other players showing up on the Suns radar, as Phoenix has emerged as the possible landing spot for Pau Gasol, joining at least six other teams.

And you've been living under a rock if you're not caught up on the Suns interest in Utah's Gordon Hayward.

With the latest news we've received regarding other big time free agents, what happened to all the noise about Kevin Love becoming a Phoenix Sun?

Either way, as far as the power forward position is concerned, Suns fans don't seem very optimistic that a big name free agent will be making their way to Phoenix.

But listen up!  We already have new players!  And critical to their success will be the chemistry they bring to the current squad.

Some think T.J. Warren is "the best player you've never heard of."

Some also think that Tyler Ennis may never put on a Suns uniform.

It is anticipated Bogdan Bogdanovich will return to Europe.

While the Suns grabbed a record breaking shot blocker with 3 point range with pick number 50.

And for anyone who missed it last week, here's a friendly reminder of what Gerald Green can do above the rim.

Free agency officially starts at 12:01 AM tonight, or 9:01PM Phoenix time.

The Phoenix Suns are in a bunch of rumors so far, but nothing more concrete than "interest".

Here's the latest:

LeBron James

Tonight, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe says three teams have meetings this week with James' agent, Rich Paul.


Just hours ago, John Gambodoro of KTAR/Arizona Sports said the Suns wouldn't just wait around for James more than a day or two before moving on to other targets.

Eric Bledsoe

One Suns fan tweeted me that Bledsoe posted a pic on instagram today with him in a Suns jersey before taking it back down.

Here's a Bledsoe scouting video made by the inimitable Mike Schmitz of

Kyle Lowry will reportedly get an offer from Toronto starting between $12 mill - $14.5 mill per season. Any thoughts that Bledsoe would get less than max should be thrown out the door.

Gordon Hayward

Rumor has it from Jazz media that the Suns will make a big offer to Hayward in free agency, but that the Jazz would likely match.


I can only expect that Hayward is a Plan B, when/if James picks another team.


Interest in other players will be rampant since the Suns have nearly the most cap room on the market. Every agent will say the Suns have interest. That includes Pau Gasol, Kent Bazemore, Trevor Ariza and more.

Post your rumors below!

Our friend Mike Schmitz breaks down Eric Bledsoe’s game and his free agency value. Draft Express: Eric Bledsoe’s NBA free agency scouting report - Valley of the Suns - Valley of the Suns...

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