The Suns acquired Jermaine O’Neal today to fill their back-up center position, the details of the signings haven’t been disclosed but one thing now is probably for sure; Channing Frye is on his way out. When the Suns claimed Luis Scola off the amnesty auction I was under the impression that Channing Frye would be moved to that back-up center/power forward position that he played when he first signed with the Suns back in 2009.
O’Neal struggled with injuries during his two years in Boston playing only 49 games combined in the two seasons. I guess he’s heard of the Phoenix Suns training staff of miracle workers that can possibly allow him to stay in the league for a couple more years.
With O’Neal, Scola, Marcin Gortat and second year player Markieff Morris who showed a lot of promise his rookie season, I think Channing Frye is going to be the odd man out unless he’s been busting his butt this off-season and have improved mightily since last season. Chances? Slim, but crazier things have happened.
One thing I hope is that the Suns don’t make the mistake of giving Morris’ minutes to Frye; Frye is a good player who can contribute to any team with his ability to stretch the floor but Morris ABSOLUTELY NEEDS consistent minutes each night to develop, and if I’m Alvin Gentry I’ll be damned to even give a single minute of playing time that belongs to Morris to Frye.
Could Channing Frye be on the move? He hasn’t exactly been a hot name and he still has two years left on his contract worth around 12 million but I can see the Suns making a one sided trade where they send Frye to a team under the salary cap in exchange for a second rounder.