The Warriors have been diligently trying to acquire Kevin Love via trade.
But the “Love Sweepstakes” is just that, it is a sweepstakes. With multiple teams heavily interested and willing to give up major franchise pieces to acquire Love, the Warriors might be better off settling for Channing Frye.
Frye has a connection with Steve Kerr. Kerr brought Frye to Phoenix when he was the general manager. Frye went to Kerr’s alma mater, the University of Arizona, where he happened to play with current Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala.
Frye is a stretch four. His six-foot eleven-inch frame coupled with his three-point shooting ability makes him a valuable to many franchises. More than half of Frye’s field goal attempts this season were from behind the arc, and his 37 percent three-point shooting percentage is one of the highest marks for all power forwards. Frye/Curry pick and rolls would be lethal as both have the ability to score near the rim and shoot from downtown. Iguodala, who happens to have the same agent as Frye, has been vocal in his interest in Frye, via Diamond Leung of the San Jose Mercury News.
“I like to pass a lot,” said Iguodala. “I passed to Channing a lot in college, so Channing knows that he’ll be able to shoot the rock.”
While David Lee is a good perimeter shooter, he is not a threat from behind the arc and the addition of Frye would add another dimension to the Warriors offense.
Frye, 31, declined a $ 6.8 million option with the Suns, opting out of the final season of his five-year contract. Opting out of a $6.8 million contract means that Frye is likely seeking more than his salary with the Suns. However, now that the Warriors have used their mid-level exception on Shaun Livingston, they will have to orchestrate a sign-and-trade deal with the Suns.
The ability to bring in Frye is a nice fallback plan if the Dubs can’t bring in Love. As the Love sweepstakes continues to brew, and more teams are rumored to be giving up multiple players and picks to get him, don’t be surprised if the Warriors settle for Frye.