Report: Suns’ Channing Frye expected to opt out of final year of his deal to become a free agent


Channing Frye is the second-highest paid player on the Suns at the moment, and has a player option for $6.8 million for next season. But it appears as though he’ll give that up in hopes of signing a long-term deal that will guarantee him more money in the future.

Frye was forced to sit out the season before last due to a heart condition, but was medically cleared for last season and started all 82 games. He averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per contest, while knocking down 37 percent of his looks from three-point distance.

A reunion with Steve Kerr (and assistant coach Alvin Gentry, who was the head man in Phoenix for the better part of five seasons) in Golden State would make plenty of sense, assuming the contract details could be hammered out. Frye is in line for a multi-year deal at or a little below the $6 million-plus he’s owed for next season, so financially, pursuing free agency is the logical choice.