Jan 26, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Phoenix Suns power forward Channing Frye (8) celebrates in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Warriors Interested In Channing Frye If He Opts Out

It may be a stretch to call Channing Frye a “poor man’s Kevin Love,” but he wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize for the Golden State Warriors if they don’t land Love.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Frye is very likely to opt out of his contract on Monday and become a free agent. The Warriors and Cavaliers are among the teams interested in Frye’s services should he opt out, and Frye is indeed on the Warriors’ list of targets for a stretch-four if they don’t get Love.

Frye, a seven-year veteran in the league who was drafted eighth overall by the Knicks in 2005, averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for the Suns last season, playing in all 82 games. He shot 43.2 percent from the field and 37.0 percent from three-point range. Frye signed a five-year deal with the Suns worth $30 million before the 2010-2011 season.

When Steve Kerr was introduced as the Warriors’ new head coach last month, he spoke to Tim Kawikami of the San Jose Mercury News about wanting to get a stretch-four:

I think this team could use a stretch 4. I think a shooting 4 could really make things difficult on the opposition.

We saw what Draymond did in that Clipper series at the end. He made 5 threes in Game 7. I mean, that’s the kind of balance that becomes really difficult to guard.

That’s the one nugget I can give you that we actually have talked about. A stretch 4 would be great. But in terms of names, we really haven’t gotten into that.

Frye fits the bill for a prototypical stretch-four. Obviously, so does Love, but acquiring Frye doesn’t require giving up several valuable assets, including Klay Thompson. Frye is a big man at 6-foot, 11-inches, yet can step out and shoot from the outside with ease. His career 38.5 shooting percentage from beyond-the-arc is above the league average, and sets him apart from most players his size.

Frye could be an important bench player for the Warriors next season, or he could even start if they trade David Lee. Frye started all 82 games last season for the Suns. But look for him to get a lot of playing time one way or another if he signs with the Warriors, because Kerr has made it clear that he loves his stretch-fours.

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