Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Phoenix Suns will sign both Grant Hill and Channing Frye (thanks to Stumbleweed for passing on the news).
Frye’s contract is for less money than I suspect the Denver Nuggets were offering at two years and $3.8 million. That is lower than the biannual exception which starts at $1.99 million for 2009-10. However, with Shaq out of the picture Phoenix had the most playing time to offer, which is always important.
With Frye off the table if the Nuggets are going to improve their front court depth via free agency, they are down to players such as Drew Gooden and Joe Smith. Brandon Bass is intriguing, but there are quite a few teams interested in him and it is highly unlikely the Mavericks would be interested in a sign and trade with Denver (Update: Bass has reportedly agreed to sign with Orlando). Ditto with Paul Millsap and Utah. Glen Davis is also still in play, but as with Bass and Millsap the Nuggets do not have the money to pry him away from Boston. If Denver is interested in Davis, and there are no indications that they are, with the addition of Rasheed Wallace the Celtics may be interested in a sign and trade as well.
If the Nuggets are going to make a big splash it appears the only chance of that happening would be with a sign and trade with New York for David Lee. Now that Hill is returning to Phoenix New York may have renewed interest in acquiring Linas Kleiza.
As I tell my daughter, patience is a virtue, but I do not think the author of that phrase was familiar with the NBA free agency meat market.
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