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The Orlando Magic are being patient with their rebuild, which is a good sign for Magic fans (even if they are growing restless). It’s going to take time for the Magic to construct a roster that mirrors anything like the one that made them title contenders in the late-2000’s and they know that.
It’s why they traded Dwight Howard for a myriad of young players and draft picks, and it’s why they’re okay with losing a ton of games right now. After all, all those losses bring higher odds of getting better draft picks, as well as the opportunity for those young players to have free reign on the court. The hope is that the combination of all of those factors will pay off in the long run.
For that reason, though, the signing of Channing Frye this summer, an eight-year veteran, to a four-year, $32 million contract (with all four years guaranteed) seemed a little out of character for GM Rob Hennigan.
At 31 years of age, Frye is on the fringe of his prime. After sitting out a season as a result of an enlarged heart that put his career in jeopardy, Frye bounced back in a big way with the Phoenix Suns in 2013-14, averaging 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while sporting a 13.2 PER and .555 True Shooting percentage.
He was one of the better stretch fours in the NBA, thanks to him shooting 37.0 percent from 3-point range last season, and his perimeter-based game shouldn’t change drastically over the next few years — a promising sign given his age.