The latest is that Channing is holding out for the full mid-level exception, which would be about $32m over 5 years.
For me, it's a no brainer. Pay the man:
6'11" guys who can play either PF or C and shoot the ball like that don't grow on trees (or on bushes or cacti). It's a rare skill set and his ability to shoot the ball is a big reason the Suns were so efficient offensively
Defensively, Frye isn't great, but against his natural position (PF) or second line centers, he did just fine
His energy and effort was as consistent as anyone playing over 20 minutes per game
This is what big men cost. Okur, Bargnani, even Mark Blount all got much bigger deals than this
His career numbers suck but that's because he was never in a system that maximized his talents. There's a risk last season was a fluke, but based on his attitude and character, there's a much greater chance he continues to improve his inside and face-up games and defense
It's a low risk signing. Even if Frye ends up only playing 15 minutes per game off the bench, it's not a horrible contract to have to live with or unload. Two years of Amare would be more than 5 years of Frye
azcentral.com blogs - Coro's Suns dish - PaulCoro - Amar'e, Miami, NY & 4 or 5 years Stoudemire and Walters met for about two hours Wednesday night in Los Angeles with Heat President Pat Riley. "It was good," Walters said. "It was a first date.....The teams expected to court Stoudemire the most are the teams with the most space, like Miami, New York, Chicago, New Jersey and the Los Angeles Clippers. But Cleveland and Houston...as well as Stoudemire's "hometown" team of Orlando...There are mixed reports about whether the Suns have increased their offer to Stoudemire from a four-year, $80 million deal to a five-year one. "We're not doing anything that's not five years," Walters said.
[Note by Seth Pollack, 07/01/10 11:03 AM MST ]
My thoughts on paying Frye. Hint: Pay Frye.
Channing Frye Deserves 5yr/$25m Or More - Desert Dirt - SB Nation Arizona compare a $25m or even $35m contract for Channing with the $71m the Utah Jazz committed to Mehmet Okur from 2004 to 2012 (and let's not even talk about the 6yr/$118m the Magic gave Rashard Lewis). That's a bargain. Sign the man before some other team who needs a big man to stretch the floor offers him $40m. Someone surely will.
[Note by Seth Pollack, 07/01/10 12:38 PM MST ]
Oh my, I hope that someone is blowing smoke with this one. Replacing Frye with Brian Cook or Mark Blount? I didn't know those guys were still alive, let alone playing in the league.
From Paul Coro: Amar'e Stoudemire has received his best offer so far from another team but still talking with the Suns.
I don't even know what this means, but....TOTAL COVERAGE.
[Note by Wil Cantrell, 07/01/10 7:46 PM MST ]
RT @Gambo620: Suns have agreed to 5 year $30 million dollar contract with free agent center Channing Frye.
[Note by Wil Cantrell, 07/01/10 8:16 PM MST ]
On the Stoudemire front, I don't know which team made the better offer yet but those closer to the situation think it's New York.
I take it he means the better offer to Amare, not the Suns in a S & T. This is surprising in my view since Mike D and Amare had issues. Specifically, Amare blaming Mike and his system for never teaching him how to play defense...
[Note by Seth Pollack, 07/01/10 9:48 PM MST ]
More on Amare's probably departure. Of course, Gambo also reported that the Suns offer of 5yr/$25m was their final offer for Channing. Which isn't to say Gambo is unreliable as much to say that things change fast.