The Orlando Magic have officially signed free agent Channing Frye. It was reported last week that the team and Frye had come to an agreement on a deal and it was confirmed by the team on Monday. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Reports suggested that the deal is for four-years and at an estimated $32 million dollars.
Frye, 31, has spent the last five seasons with the Phoenix Suns, after splitting his first four years between the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers. In 82 games last season, all starts, Frye averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 37.0 percent from three.
Signing the veteran Frye gives the Magic a much needed floor spacing option at the power forward spot, while also giving them a great guy in the locker room. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan had this to say about the veteran stretch four when he was introduced on Monday, “Channing’s character, competitiveness, veteran experience, and leadership ability are valuable additions to our developing team.”
The 6-foot-11 stretch four will most likely be the team’s starting power forward at the start of the season, giving the Magic a nice offensive balance and a great floor spacing option. You can read more about how Frye will fit with the team here.