Channing Frye was unable to play all of last season, after being diagnosed with an enlarged heart condition. He had been unable to do any cardio exercise at all for an extended period of time, and it was uncertain whether or not Frye would ever be able to return to play professional basketball.
After being cleared to exercise for a couple of months, and then following consultations from multiple doctors, Frye now says he’s been medically cleared for an NBA comeback this season.
From Kris Habbas of Bright Side of the Sun (transcribed by Dave King):
“I’ve been cleared by the numerous doctors I’ve seen,” Frye said on on Tuesday for this week’s podcast. “This whole process has been extremely detail-oriented on both sides – from my side and the Suns side. We both want to do what’s best. I went across country to see the best doctors I could all to make sure they all agreed that I was healthy, that I could do this. …
“Right now I’m excited, but still patient in giving the Suns the information and letting their people go through it. As far as I’m concerned, I’m 100% healthy for any professional athlete. Right now I think it’s just, let [the Suns] assess the information and go from there.” …
“I saw [the doctors] earlier this summer and they said ‘you’re good’, and that I could start to exercise,” Frye recalls. “Saw them a couple months later and ‘You’re better than what you were’. Not only one doctor, but three other ones, maybe four other ones agree with me.
“Now its in the Suns hands.”
Great news for Frye, and potentially great news for the Suns if their team personnel agrees with what seems to be the doctors’ consensus.
The Suns have 16 guaranteed contracts in place, and with the maximum allowed being 15, Frye’s status will obviously have an impact on the roster. Insurance took care of paying his salary for last season, and he’s on the books for $6.4 million this year with a player option for $6.8 million the following season.