If it's not too much trouble, Channing Frye would like a new contract, a photo-op, and one oversized check with his name on it

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The Channing Frye of old was given a $2.2 million player option for 2010-2011, but the flashy new Channing Frye (complete with three-point shooting action!) values himself at a bit more. Frye will decline his option to become an unrestricted free agent with the rest of the bunch.

This doesn’t necessarily mean Channing is done as a Sun. While there are a number of offensive systems that could benefit from a extra long-range threat, I don’t think it’s lost on Frye that the Phoenix’s offense brought him his first big payday.

That last bit could end up being the Suns’ downfall, if Frye manages to snag a few offers; because Channing has yet to sign a substantial NBA contract, this could be his best chance for a quick cash grab. It’s unlikely that anyone will offer Frye a long-term deal, but he may be able to secure a two or three-year offer worth more than Phoenix is willing to pay. With the new CBA looming, it’s more important than ever that role players take what they can get while they can get it.

Regardless, Channing insists that he’s willing to bide his time and let free agency offer what it may. From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic:

“I just have to sit and wait,” Frye said from his basketball camp in Hawaii. “It’s a matter of being patient and looking at all the options. I’ll let the market set my value. I have no idea about what it is. Phoenix always is going to have a slight edge, because that’s what I know and where I’ve been successful. But I have to see what else is out there.”

Frye said he figured he would opt out of this contract when he signed it last year with a 2010-11 player option for $2.1 million. He increased his value by averaging 11.2 points last season and being a 6-foot-11 3-point shooter. He made 172 3s last season at a 44 percent clip. “I’m not trying to break anybody’s bank,” Frye said. “I want the market to set the line and let me go from there. Wherever I go, I want to set my feet and make sure I’m part of the future. I don’t want to be a two-years-and-out guy. I want to be there three, four, five years.”

Rockets were draining threes in the first half against Warriors in Game 6

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The Rockets were feeling it the first half in Game 6.

Playing with an energy the Warriors lacked at least in the first quarter), Houston defended well, pushed the ball in transition, and then they just drained three after three after three.

Eric Gordon started 4-of-4 from three and the team was 11-of-22 in the first half, which made up for the 11 turnovers and had them up 17 at one point and ahead by 10 after the first half.

Warriors’ Andre Iguodala out for Game 6

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Steve Kerr has been searching for a couple of games now for his fifth guy.

With Andre Iguodala out there is no Death/Hamptons 5 lineup and Kerr is looking for a fifth guy to partner with his four All-Stars. Kevon Looney is starting, Jordan Bell is showing potential but also makes some rookie plays, Nick Young has been bad enough that Kerr trusted Quin Cook more at the end of the last game (and Cook missed his looks).

Kerr is going to have to keep searching for a guy in Game 6 because Iguodala is out again.

The Warriors are not the team heading into Game 6 with the most significant injury woes, the Rockets are without Chris Paul. That and the fact the Warriors’ backs are against the wall is the reason they are heavy favorites in Game 6.

However, the Warriors have not been the same without Iguodala. He is a playmaker who can control the ball and settle things down, makes the right decision, get the player and ball movement the Warriors have strayed too much from back, plus is one of their best defenders on James Harden. Nobody else on the roster can do that.

And if Game 6 gets tight late, the Warriors are going to miss those skills. As they have in the last two games.

Marcus Smart on Game 7: ‘It’s not going to be pretty’

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Game 7s are not pretty basketball. Everyone is tight, shots clank off the front of the rim, and players tend to think rather than just react, sucking the flow out of the game. It’s a game for grinders.

Marcus Smart is good with that, and he told Chris Forsberg of ESPN the team is preparing for this style.

“It’s not going to be pretty. You got to be able to get down and get dirty. You can’t go out and try to look pretty. You have to be ready for a dogfight. We got to be ready to come up with our nose bloodied. We got to be ready to come out with our mouth bloodied. We have to come out ready to fight.”

If Boston is going to win this game, they will do so with the physical, smart, and unrelenting defense that carried them all season. That’s their grit. Without Kevin Love (out with a concussion) the Celtics have one less scorer to worry about, but things do not necessarily get dramatically easier — LeBron James is going to get his buckets, but can the Celtics keep George Hill, Kyle Korver, J.R. Smith and the rest of the role players from helping out with big nights of their own.

Which one of these teams is better positioned to win a grinding, sloppy game? Who is willing to dive on the floor and give that little extra effort? A case can be made either way, but Sunday night will decide it.

Report: Warriors’ Patrick McCaw cleared, will be available for Game 6

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We haven’t seen Golden State’s Patrick McCaw on an NBA court since March 31, when he was undercut by Sacramento’s Vince Carter and took an ugly, nasty spill.

McCaw is finally cleared by the team doctors and will be active on Saturday night for Game 6 against Houston, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

The Golden State Warriors are planning to activate swingman Patrick McCaw for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the Houston Rockets on Saturday night, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

McCaw, on paper, would help the Warriors — he’s a 6’5″ switchable defender who can provide some offense in transition. That’s especially true if Andre Iguodala is out for Game 6 (his status is a game-time decision). McCaw played about 17 minutes a night for the Warriors during the regular season.

However, the idea of taking a second-year player who has not been on a court in six weeks and throwing him into Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals — a win-or-go-fishing game for Golden State — is risky, at best. Don’t expect him to get on the court unless this is a blowout.