ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Forward Channing Frye has agreed to a four-year, $32 million offer sheet to sign with the Orlando Magic on Monday, according to a person familiar with the deal.
Frye can fill leadership and scoring holes created by the recent jettisoning of guards Jameer Nelson and Arron Afflalo.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal can’t be signed until July 10 under NBA free agency rules. Yahoo Sports was the first to report the agreement.
The 31-year-old Frye opted out of the $6.8 million he would have made in the final year of his contract with Phoenix to become an unrestricted free agent.
The Magic have been getting younger each of the past three drafts under general manager Rob Hennigan. It has continued this offseason with Orlando trading Afflalo on draft night, and waiving Nelson last week.
Hennigan has said previously that he’s wanted to have a balance of both youth and vets on the roster during their rebuilding process. The Magic currently have 11 players on their roster with three years or less experience.
In Frye, the Magic add both consistent scoring and a veteran presence back into the locker room to go along with that core of young players.
After missing the entire 2012-13 season for treatment of an enlarged heart, he started all 82 games last season, averaging 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He is best known for his long-range shooting, making 37 percent of his 432 3-point attempts last season.
Heat set to sign pair
Miami — LeBron James has been involved with some heated playoff moments involving Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts.
And now, they could be his teammates — if the four-time NBA MVP decides to stay in Miami.
The Heat announced Monday that they intend to sign Granger and McRoberts when the NBA’s moratorium on deals being formally struck ends later this week.
McRoberts agreed to a four-year deal that starts at around $5.3 million next season, said agent Mike Conley Sr., with Miami using its mid-level exception to get that contract done.
“He thinks it’s a chance to do some special things,” Conley Sr. said, adding that McRoberts has a player option for the final year of his Heat deal.
Yahoo Sports reported Granger agreed to a two-year deal, worth about $2 million annually. Granger’s agent, Aaron Mintz, did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
Those were the first two known moves by the Heat during the free-agent shopping period, but all eyes remain on what James is going to do and if he’s worn a Miami uniform for the final time.
Heat president Pat Riley is planning to meet with James later this week, in an effort to convince him to stay in Miami.
It’s still unclear when the Riley-James meeting will take place. James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are all free agents, and none have said where they will be playing next season and beyond.
Knicks bring in Rambis
New York — Kurt Rambis, who served as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson in Los Angeles, has been hired as an associate head coach with the New York Knicks.
Knicks president Jackson hired Rambis to help new Knicks head coach Derek Fisher make the move from star player to the coaching ranks.
Fisher retired after the end of the 2013-14 season and took the Knicks coaching job last month.
Rambis has been a part of eight NBA championship teams as either a player, assistant coach or adviser/assistant general manager. He joins the Knicks after completing his third stint as an assistant coach with the Lakers last season.