As expected, Channing Frye’s agent tells Suns he’s opting out, to be free agent

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Moms, if you’ve got a tall son teach him to shoot the three ball. Because if you’re a big man who can knock it down from the arc, you are going to get paid. The NBA is evolving toward needing that skill set more than the ability to back down some guy in the post and take up 12 seconds of the clock doing it.

Channing Frye sees that and wants to cash in.

Frye was set to make $6.8 million next season but clearly wants the security of a multi-year deal more because he’s leaving that money on the table.

Frye’s agent informed the Suns on Monday the stretch four was opting out of his contract for next season, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Frye passed on his player option for $6.8 million for the 2014-15 season, which would’ve been the final season of a five-year, $30 million deal. The Suns were notified of Frye’s decision on Monday.

The Suns have a desire to re-sign Frye, sources said, but much will be determined about that viability through the draft and possible trades.

Frye missed all of the 2012-13 season due to an enlarged heart but bounced back last season to average11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per contest, knocking down 37 percent of his looks from three-point range. He was a floor-spacing four for most of the season but even played some five for the small-ball Suns under Jeff Hornacek.

Frye may be 31 but his skill set is in growing demand around the NBA and he should have no problem securing a multi-year deal. Already there are reports the Warriors (with former Suns’ Steve Kerr and Alvin Gentry as coaches) as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers have interest. There likely will be others.

Frye’s new deal could end up being for less per year than he would have made last year, but after everything with his heart condition he may prefer the security of a longer-term deal to that money up front.

 

Heat snap Celtics’ 16-game winning streak

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The Celtics didn’t have another comeback in them.

After overcoming a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Mavericks on Monday to extend its winning streak to 16 games, Boston lost to the Heat tonight, 104-98. The streak ends as the NBA’s longest since the Hawks won 19 straight during the 2014-15 season.

The Celtics trailed Miami by 16 in the fourth quarter then cut the deficit to only one with three minutes left. But Dion Waiters hit back-to-back 3-pointers, helping the Heat pull away.

Goran Dragic (27 points) and Waiters (26 points) led Miami, which needed a reason to feel good after losing three of four to fall to 7-9.

The Celtics, on the other hand, still have a four-game cushion over the rest of the Eastern Conference. This might help them regain focus.

Serge Ibaka gets dunked on by Enes Kanter, hit in face by ball (video)

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Is Enes Kanter mad Serge Ibaka rifted with his family?

(No, not this family. That family.)

LeBron James blows wide-open dunk (video)

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J.R. Smith (slightly out of context): “We don’t start paying attention until after All-Star break.”

Report: Raptors’ Delon Wright out a month

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Raptors guard Delon Wright dislocated his shoulder, but at least he won’t need surgery.

Raptors media relations:

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

The Raptors (11-5), off to a surprisingly strong start, are second in the Eastern Conference. They’ve bought themselves margin for error. All in all, a month-long absence for Wright isn’t so bad.

Wright had been a key part of an excellent all-bench unit that included Fred VanVleet, O.G. Anunoby, C.J. Miles and Jakob Poeltl. Two-way player Lorenzo Brown has assumed Wright’s role, and Norman Powell – returning from his own injury – will provide a boost. Toronto can also stagger Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan more.

The chemistry of the bench mob was something to behold, but the Raptors should withstand this.