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.

 

Video Breakdown: Clippers use JJ Redick in split cut to fool Jazz at 3-point line

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The Los Angeles Clippers dropped Game 5 to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, and find themselves down 3-2 as they head back to Salt Lake City for Game 6. The Clippers have had to deal with Utah’s formidable defense, so much so that they’ve built in counters to Jazz defenders overplaying shooters like JJ Redick.

One example of this countering method could be found in Game 3, when the Clippers ran a split cut for Redick. Instead of fighting endlessly around screens for a 3-point shot as you might expect, LA took the easy route and simply cut Redick to the basket for an easy layup as a means to take advantage of an overeager defender.

We’ve talked about the Split Cut here on NBA Playbook before. The Los Angeles Lakers used it earlier in the season to beat the Golden State Warriors, the team that uses the split cut perhaps the most out of any team in the NBA.

Other teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers, have adapted the Warriors’ use of the split cut as a counter for their own offense this season, which is a testament to just how useful it is.

If you need a reminder, a split cut all about a screener coming up to screen, then cutting toward the basket before his screen action fully takes place. It’s about timing, and catching defenders off guard when they go to set up their recover positions for screens.

For a full breakdown on the split cut and how the Clippers used it, watch the video above.

John Wall wears cape to postgame press conference (video)

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John Wall has been super, averaging 27 points and 11 assists while leading the Wizards to a 3-2 lead over the Hawks in the first-round.

Did you see Isaiah Thomas carry in Game 5? ‘No,’ says Fred Hoiberg, who walks off (video)

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Fred Hoiberg opened himself to clowning by complaining about Isaiah Thomas carrying.

So, the Bulls coach got clowned after the Celtics’ Game 5 win.

Jae Crowder leg-locks Robin Lopez (video)

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Late in the Celtics’ Game 5 win over the Bulls last night, Jae Crowder leg-locked Robin Lopez – the same dirty play that caused rancor for Matthew Dellavedova in the 2015 playoffs.

Lopez blocked Crowder’s shot, but the ball went to Al Horford, who attacked the basket. As Lopez tried to rotate to contest another shot, he couldn’t move. Crowder, who’d fallen to the floor, had him in a leg-lock. Lopez freed himself just in time to foul Horford.

Adding insult to avoided injury, Lopez got hit with a technical foul for complaining about the no-call.

I bet the league issues a technical foul on Crowder, too.