Report: Orlando looking at Channing Frye trades

Associated Press

There are a lot of teams around the league looking for a quality big who can stretch the floor.

Orlando happens to have one in Channing Frye, a respected veteran around the league. They also are bringing him off the bench to get Aaron Gordon more run (and Gordon is responding).

Not surprisingly, that is leading to trade inquiries, and with the Magic being out of the playoff picture in the East, they are listening, reports Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.

Already, the team has received multiple inquiries on big man Channing Frye, who despite being 32 years old and having two years and $15.2 million left on his contract, still is considered a commodity around the league because of his combination of size, defense and perimeter shooting.

“He’s one of the names I think you hear a lot and you will hear a lot more about before the deadline,” one NBA executive told Sporting News. “His contract is not that bad and he could help a contender, and it looks like they’re moving on from him. There’s a lot of interest there.”

Frye is playing less than 18 minutes a game, averaging just 5.4 points and 2.7 rebounds a contest. His defense has not aged well, he gets torched on that end of the floor (which is why Scott Skiles limited his minutes. That said, he is shooting better than 40 percent from three, and there is a sense that if he were put in better situations on the court (to pick-and-pop with a strong point guard) he could contribute. With the spike coming in the salary cap, his salary is going to be close to a mid-level deal, which is very affordable for a contributing role player.

There’s a good chance he’ll get moved at the deadline (Feb. 18), it will be interesting to see how much the Magic can get back for him.