According to ESPN's Marc Stein, there is a "99% chance" that Channing Frye will forgo the final year of his contract and leave $6.8 million on the table to enter free agency.
Suns' Channing Frye has 'til Monday to decide to play next season at $6.8 mil w/PHX or opt out. Source: "99 percent" he chooses free agency— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 22, 2014
The Warriors are already being named as a potential suitor. It was Steve Kerr that initially brought Channing to the desert in 2009, where the big man found his niche as a long-distance sharpshooter.
Upon arrival as GSW coach, Steve Kerr identified stretch four as a need. Kevin Love is obviously Dubs' dream target. But Frye on the list— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 22, 2014
Obviously Channing values the years over the dollars. He won't be likely to land $6.8 million a season, but at 31 years of age this could be his last chance for a multi-year contract.
Hopefully he and the Suns can work something out. Personally, I'd rather not find out the hard way just how replaceable he is on the floor, not to mention in the locker room.
Updates to come.