After signing veteran shooting guard Ben Gordon a few days ago, the Orlando Magic have made another addition in this free agent frenzy to add a veteran perimeter player.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported today that the Magic have signed Channing Frye to a four-year deal worth $32 million.
Frye confirmed, and, with the help of former Magic big man Marcin Gortat (who re-signed with the Wizards last week) may be house hunting soon...
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/MGortat">@MGortat</a>: Congrats to <a href="https://twitter.com/Channing_Frye">@Channing_Frye</a> for the new contact! BIG time vet in Orlando people!!!- let me stay at your house for free</p>— Channing Frye (@Channing_Frye) <a href="https://twitter.com/Channing_Frye/statuses/486303153424330752">July 8, 2014</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>
Frye, the eight-year NBA veteran, was drafted with the 8th overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft by the New York Knicks after spending some time playing for the University of Arizona. In his rookie season, after averaging 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per-game for the Knickerbockers, Frye was named to the All-Rookie first team, but his stay in New York wouldn't last long.
In a deal that brought Zach Randolph to New York, the Knicks sent Frye and Steve Francis to the Portland Trailblazers. After experiencing career-low stats in Portland, Frye opted to sign with the Phoenix Suns in 2009 and has remained there since his recent signing with Orlando.
There, Frye found his niche as a player who could play the four or five and stretch the floor and add spacing by being an effective shooter and passer around the perimeter. In his first season in the dessert, Frye shot over 43 percent from behind the arc and returned to averaging double-digit points per contest. But after another solid season with the Suns in 2011-12, Frye's NBA career flashed in front of his eyes when he discovered he had dilated cardiomyopathy, a rare heart disease that would cause him to miss the entirety of the 2012-13 season.
But The Buffet of Goodness returned to the court this past season and started all 82 games for a Suns team that would narrowly miss the playoffs in a tough Western Conference. With good health, he returned to his form and averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per-game while playing 28 minutes per contest.
The 31-year-old Frye started on a very good Suns' team this past season, but it's unclear how the Magic will use him this season with a roster heavy on young big men like Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, Tobias Harris and Andrew Nicholson.
The Magic have given Frye starter-like money though, and the most likely scenario would be that he starts next to Vucevic on the front line.
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