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Channing Frye | Center/Forward

Team: Orlando Magic
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/17/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'11' / 255
College: Arizona
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Longtime beat writer Josh Robbins wrote that it "seems next to impossible" for Channing Frye (knee) to play in the season opener.
Whereas teammate Victor Oladipo (knee) was on the court participating in practice, Frye watched all of Monday's one-hour practice from the sidelines. There was an initial report of 1-2 months when the injury occurred that supposedly got put to bed, but Robbins does the math in his article that a return at the seven-week mark would equate to 13 missed games. There's some guesswork involved with that, but owners should now consider the possibility that Frye isn't guaranteed a quick return and his late-round valuation is teetering on the next update. Oct 20 - 8:00 PM

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Channing Frye (knee) was not a participant during Monday's practice.

Frye's been seen getting up some jumpers before games, and is reportedly making progress with his injury, but still remains without an official return date. Frye's ability to offer 3-point shooting from the power forward position mixed in with some blocks makes him a nice asset to own, and he's worth a gamble in the later rounds of standard leagues, despite the knee injury.
Oct 20 - 7:15 PM

Channing Frye (knee) will not play in Saturday's game against the 76ers.

He is still nursing a knee injury, but he was taking jumpers before the game started and is coming along nicely. He is reportedly making progress and the fact that the Magic is giving updates bodes well for his status. While the knee injury may scare some fantasy owners away, he may be worth a gamble in the later rounds for his outstanding three-point shooting.
Oct 18 - 6:15 PM

Channing Frye (knee) will not play in Friday's exhibition game against Detroit.

Frye had previously said he didn't have a timetable for a return, but an update from the Magic on an individual exhibition game could mean that he's getting closer. Frye can be a valuable source of three-pointers towards the end of fantasy drafts, so owners shouldn't shy away from the 31-year-old due to his preseason recovery from knee injury.
Oct 16 - 11:39 AM

Channing Frye (knee) said that he still doesn't have a timetable for his return, but his knee is feeling better every day.

In addition to saying that he is swimming "like a fish", Frye said, "It feels better every day. I was kind of a freak thing and since I've never had this type of injury, it's tough to assess what's going on." Frye traveled with the team to Charlotte and was seen shooting three-pointers before the Magic's exhibition game on Monday, so fantasy owners who take a late-round risk on the 31-year-old could soon be rewarded.
Oct 14 - 10:25 AM

Channing Frye (knee) has been shooting 3-pointers and has been increasing his workload at practice.

He said his knee feels structurally sound, so the report from last week saying he could miss up to two months can probably be put to bed. Frye doesn't have any significant tearing in his sprained MCL and has a decent chance to be ready for the season opener. He's a solid late-round pick and can probably come a little cheaper with this news.
Oct 13 - 12:35 PM

Channing Frye (sprained left MCL) will not play vs. the Hornets on Monday.

Frye has done some light shooting but isn't yet practicing, and the team has declined to provide a specific timetable for his return. His absence opens up more playing time for Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson and Aaron Gordon at the PF spot.
Oct 12 - 6:12 PM

Channing Frye (knee) will not play on Friday night.

He has been at practice and is most just doing some stretching. There are some rumors that Frye could miss one to two months, but the team has yet to make an official diagnosis. Frye's upside in 3-pointers makes him worthy of a late-round pick.
Oct 10 - 11:03 AM

Channing Frye's sprained MCL could sideline him "anywhere from one to two months," according to Magic writer Brian Schmitz.

The severity of the sprain isn't clear and Frye did some light shooting prior to Tuesday's exhibition, but fantasy owners should at least prepare for the possibility that he'll miss the start of the regular season. Frye should light it up from the 3-point arc this season, without hurting fantasy owners anywhere, making him a viable late-round pick.
Oct 8 - 11:43 AM

Channing Frye suffered a sprained left MCL at practice on Thursday.

The team has already given him an MRI and it sounds like a minor sprain with no ligament tears. Frye was just overpaid by the Magic last summer for a deal worth $32 million, so this isn't a great start. He has no timetable to return, but it sounds like he should be ready for the regular season. If he wasn't Tobias Harris would see major minutes.
Oct 3 - 9:40 AM

Channing Frye said that his 2012 bout with an enlarged heart gave him a new perspective on basketball.

Frye sat out the entire 2012-13 after his pre-camp physical revealed that he had an enlarged heart presumably caused by a virus. "Going through this made me appreciate the game more, appreciate the opportunities I have to get better," the 31-year-old said. "I've learned to be addictive to the game now." Frye averaged 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.0 three-pointers in 28.2 minutes per game with the Suns last season and should provide fantasy owners with an improvement on those numbers as a later-round selection.
Oct 2 - 2:02 PM

Channing Frye let it be known that he is not a fan of the notion that athletes should take a hometown discount in a recent interview.

"[The idea that athletes should take a hometown discount] it’s just absolutely ridiculous. Because the thing that happens is someone takes a discount. Let’s say the market says they’re worth $10 million and they take $5 million. The next day they get traded, so they’re like ‘well dang, why did I take $5 million if you’re just going to trade me?’" Because Frye went to school at the University of Arizona, and attended high school in Phoenix, it was generally believed that he was going to return with the Suns for the 2014-15 season. However, the two sides were apparently far apart from a contract standpoint, and he elected to go with the highest bidder. Basketball is a business, and Frye makes a valid point.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 18 - 9:26 AM

Unrestricted free agent Channing Frye has agreed on a four-year deal worth $32 million with the Magic.

Frye may be the starting power forward for the Magic, and he'll bring veteran leadership to a young Orlando roster. Frye had a nice season with Phoenix last season, averaging 11.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.0 three-pointers through 28.2 minutes per game. It's possible Frye can get a bit more minutes in a less crowded rotation in Orlando, which would create a marginal uptick in the stats. As for Phoenix, this move should open up the door for Markieff Morris to be the starting power forward. Morris's per-36-minute numbers are impressive at 18.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game, and if Phoenix doesn't make any additional moves, Morris could be a nice sleeper pick.
Jul 7 - 6:11 PM

Andre Iguodala made an informal recruitment pitch to his former college teammate and unrestricted free agent Channing Frye on Sirius XM radio.

Frye opted out of the last year of his contract with the Suns, leaving $6.8M on the table. He has already been linked to the Warriors, his former general manager in Phoenix, Steve Kerr, is now the head coach of the Warriors. Frye's former college teammate Andre Iguodala made his sales pitch on Sirius. "I’ve talked to Channing a few times," he said on Thursday. "I told him how great the Bay was... I would take care of him. If he needed a room, I got an extra room for him."
Jun 26 - 3:02 PM

Channing Frye has opted out of the final year of his contract with the Suns.

The option was for $6.8 million, so he's clearly trying to secure years over risking a downturn in the upcoming season. Frye has been linked to the Warriors, where his old GM Steve Kerr is coaching the team, and he has also been linked to the Cavs. His game translates very well to fantasy but wherever he plays the jury will be out on what he can do after struggling down the stretch of last year.
Jun 23 - 8:30 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Elfrid Payton
2Luke Ridnour
3Peyton Siva
SG1Victor Oladipo
2Evan Fournier
3Willie Green
4Ben Gordon
5Devyn Marble
6Drew Crawford
SF1Tobias Harris
2Moe Harkless
PF1Channing Frye
2Andrew Nicholson
3Aaron Gordon
4Romero Osby
5Kadeem Batts
C1Nikola Vucevic
2Kyle O'Quinn
3Dewayne Dedmon