The Warriors’ Andre Iguodala is recruiting former University of Arizona teammate Channing Frye to Golden State, where the free agent-to-be could fit in as a jump-shooting big man.
Frye, 31, shot 37 percent from 3-point range in what could be his final season for the Phoenix Suns after he declined a $6.8 million option, opting out of the final season of a five-year, $30 million contract.
“I’ve talked to Channing a few times,” Iguodala told Sirius XM on Thursday. “I told him how great the Bay was. I told him how his family would enjoy it. I know his family well. My family knows his family, so it wouldn’t be strangers. I would take care of him. If he needed a room, I got an extra room for him.
“I like to pass a lot. I passed to Channing a lot in college, so Channing knows that he’ll be able to shoot the rock.”
The Warriors could use Frye if they cannot complete a trade for Minnesota’s Kevin Love, who would fulfill new coach Steve Kerr’s desire for a forward whose range extends to the 3-point line.
It was Kerr while as Phoenix’s general manager who in 2009 brought Frye back to his hometown to fit in with coach Alvin Gentry’s fast-paced, high-scoring offense. Gentry as of last week was finalizing a contract with the Warriors last week to become the associate head coach under Kerr.
Phoenix could still re-sign Frye given his ties to the state, but the Warriors have connections, too. Iguodala and Frye played together at Arizona from 2002-04 and now share the same agent, Rob Pelinka.
Frye averaged 9.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while shooting 38.5 percent from 3-point range over eight NBA seasons, missing the 2012-13 campaign while undergoing treatment for an enlarged heart. This past season, came back to average 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds while winning the NBA’s Pacific Division sportsmanship award.