Phoenix Suns power forward Channing Frye, like a more celebrated free agent named Carmelo Anthony, faces a Monday deadline to decide whether to play for the Suns next season at $6.8 million in the final year of his current contract or to opt for free agency.
One source close to the situation said Sunday that it's "99 percent" that Frye will indeed head to the open market.
Word is, furthermore, that Golden State and Cleveland will be at the forefront of the bidding to try to pry Frye away from the desert if he goes through with plans to opt out.
Kevin Love is obviously the Warriors' dream target to be the stretch-4 new coach Steve Kerr covets ... but don't forget Kerr brought Frye to Phoenix when he was the Suns' general manager.
But as my pal Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports, Phoenix is also determined to re-sign Frye after he opts out.
Frye, a Phoenix native, averaged 11.1 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 37 percent on 3-pointers, and started all 82 games last season. It was quite the rebound for the 31-year-old, who missed the 2012-13 season because of an enlarged heart.