NBA Rumors: Breaking Down Channing Frye Trade Buzz Ahead of Regular Season

October 7th, 2015 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

The Orlando Magic's rebuild has been characterized by a youth movement, but the team deviated from that trend two summers ago by signing stretch 4 Channing Frye to a four-year, $32 million deal. 

But after one season of that experiment, the Magic appear ready to admit they made a mistake. According to Grantland's Zach Lowe, "sources around the league say Channing Frye is available now for very little, though Magic officials deny it."

If the 6'11", 255-pound Frye is in fact available, it wouldn't exactly come as a surprise. 

For one, the 32-year-old struggled during his first season in Florida, averaging 7.3 points and 3.9 rebounds on 39.2 percent shooting from the field and 39.3 percent shooting from three. During his inaugural stint with the Magic, Frye was also barely a net positive on offense while operating as a major deterrent to Orlando's defense. 

To wit: Orlando's offensive rating just barely moved from 99.3 to 99.9 when Frye was on the floor. And on defense, the team allowed 4.2 points more per 100 possessions with the stretchy shooter trying to defend more physically imposing power ...

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