Suns move on and sign Hakim Warrik Channing Frye
Just a few weeks ago, Amar'e Stoudemire publicly announced that he would love to sign another contract in Phoenix, provided the franchise from Arizona was willing to offer him a maximum contract under the current CBA agreement. Yet, he appears to be on his way out of town despite a decent offer from the Suns' management.
According to sources close to Stoudemire's camp the problem was that although Phoenix offered him a max contract, the Suns were looking to include an early-termination option for the last year. Thus, “STAT” could have been cut from the roster if he would not satisfy certain requirements, most importantly minutes played per game. Shortly afterwards, rumors began to appear regarding a possible agreement between the New York Knicks and Amar'e Stoudemire. Apparently, he is expected to sign a maximum salary contract worth roughly $100 million over the next five years. Last season, the 6-10 forward put up 23.1 points and 8.9 rebounds in 35 minutes per game. That said, it should be mentioned that Stoudemire is a fairly weak defender but could be a great fit for Mike D'Antoni's up-tempo basketball.
Where as Stoudemire's departure to New York is not in the books yet, it appears to be a safe bet that he will leave Phoenix either way. Most importantly, the Suns already went on with their free agency plans and started dishing out offers and tweaking their roster. More precisely, Phoenix resigned starting center Channing Frye to a deal worth approximately $30 million over the next five years as well as louring free agent Hakim Warrick to Arizona with a four-year contract that will pay no less than $18 million. Whether Frye is being overpaid is debatable, either way, the 27-year old forward-center is coming off a solid season averaging 11.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest while shooting 44% from beyond the arc. Hakim Warrick on the other hand played last season for the Milwaukee Bucks and Chicago Bulls and put up 9.6 points and 4.1 boards in limited minutes.
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Tags: Channing Frye, Hakim Warrick, Phoenix Suns, NBA live
Posted: 5th July 2010
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