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Channing Frye being recruited to Golden State Warriors by ex-college teammate Andre Iguodala

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.

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“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.

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  • http://batman-news.com Mike June

    There’s your stretch 4

  • sunshipballoons

    The Ws could use Frye even if they do trade for Love. He’d make an excellent backup big. And the Ws need a lot of them if they’re planning to rely on Bogut and Ezeli.

  • Howard Benner

    That would be huge. . .Disrupts my plans to sign Shaun Livingston as the backup “1″ & an instrumental piece in “small ball” lineups, but if they could do all three deals; Barnes, Klay & Lee for Love, Martin & the #13 pick; sign Frye & Livingston, with the #13 pick designated for a wing with handles/outside shot/defensive prowess. . .perhaps bring Morrow back as a backup “2. . .” wow!

  • ssclesq

    Get fry, forget love, win a championship. Talent doesn’t automatically win championships, ask Miami.

  • Peter Middleton

    While I do appreciate the passing I wouldnt mind him to take it more

  • coltraning

    It is a good move, and if that happens, have to imagine Lee will be gone, Love or no…IMHO, so long as the team keeps Dre and Green and has a healthy 1-2 center in Bogut/Ezeli, Frye will effectively stretch the floor. For whatever reason, Lee lost his jumper in the last year or so (actually started going south around the all-star game in 2013), and ever since then, the offense has flowed a lot better when Barnes or Green replaced him with the starters. Just do not overpay for Frye. Still think Minnesota may send Love to GS. Even if Klay goes, that would be great, as Love/Curry would be pretty much unguardavle. Regardless, I think D Green will def be > than D Lee next year and should be starting over him…

  • coltraning

    It is a good move, and if that happens, have to imagine Lee will be gone, Love or no…IMHO, so long as the team keeps Dre and Green and has a healthy 1-2 center in Bogut/Ezeli, Frye will effectively stretch the floor. For whatever reason, Lee lost his jumper in the last year or so (actually started going south around the all-star game in 2013), and ever since then, the offense has flowed a lot better when Barnes or Green replaced him with the starters. Just do not overpay for Frye. Still think Minnesota may send Love to GS. Even if Klay goes, that would be great, as Love/Curry would be pretty much unguardavle. Regardless, I think D Green will def be > than D Lee next year and should be starting over him…

  • Frozzy

    Spurs are a deep team. They have talent from top to bottom…

    The only player that I recall playing well off Miami’s bench was Rashard Lewis.