The NBA Free Agency period is well under way, and I know you are interested in hearing where all the marquee names will land.
But you also need to know where the role players will end up, and I know you haven’t heard a lot about many of these guys yet.
Role players are the glue for contenders in any sport, without them you just have a superstar who has to do too much. That is, if your team is lucky enough to have a superstar.
Channing Frye is one of those role players who will be courted in the Free Agency period. A free agent from Phoenix, Frye has already received some interest from teams.
So, let’s take a look at Frye’s situation heading into the free agency extravaganza.
Years in NBA: 5
2009-10 Stats: 81 games, 27 mpg, 11.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 45.1% FG, 43.9% 3Pt
Frye brings a very coveted skill set to the free agency table. He has size and he can shoot. Most importantly, he can provide all of this cheaply.
Don’t forget, Frye is still a young player who has a chance to grow with whatever team signs him, whether it is a rebuilding squad or someone ready to make the jump to the next level. His playoff experience last season with Phoenix would certainly help in either department.
So where could Frye land?
The Nets have the money to make things happen this offseason, and they need players all over the roster.
A big man with Frye’s skill set would draw an opposing big man out to allow Brook Lopez to go to work down low.
Frye is also young, something that fits in well with the Nets plans to rebuild. His playoff experience with the Suns last year would also fit in with new owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s stated goal to reach the playoffs this year.
The Rockets have taken a swing at landing Chris Bosh, but the odds are that it isn’t going to happen. They simply don’t have the money.
Houston may also lose Luis Scola to Free Agency.
Frye would not be the best replacement for Scola’s skill set, but he could bring a nice element to the Rockets offense. With Yao Ming’s return, Frye could help the Rockets spread the floor and let their guards go to work.
I have a feeling Rick Adelman would know what to do with him, too. He has worked with similar shooting big men in the past.
The Bulls are reportedly in the mix for Frye’s services, depending on how the rest of their Free Agency ambitions pan out.
Frye could prove to be a valuable complement to Joakim Noah and a nice target for Derrick Rose to find while driving.
If the Bulls let Brad Miller go, then Frye is a nice replacement. He would probably come at a similar cost, but with much less mileage on his legs.
Frye could return to New York where he started his NBA career.
His success in Phoenix shows that he would do just as well in New York under D’Antoni’s wing.
But he would have to wait to see what New York does first before he decides. There are a few big names they might have their eye on.
Frye had success in New York in his first two seasons in the league. He averaged 12.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg in his rookie year, and 9.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg in his second season.
The Suns have already extended an offer to Frye to the tune of 5 years and $25 million.
He is reportedly waiting on a few of the other teams on this list to see what they do before he decides.
Frye did very well for himself in Phoenix last year, so it would probably take a much better deal to steal him away. He could jump at an offer from one of the teams on this list if it looks poised to make a serious title run after Free Agency.
It is hard to pass up playing with Steve Nash, though.