When the Houston Rockets were looking to trade Omer Asik back at the beginning of December, not whole of teams were in on talks but the idea of a three team trade was kicked around more than a fe times. As we now know, Asik was never traded but had talks progressed more so in that direction, the Phoenix Suns were ready to help out whoever needed it.
According to Grantland’s Zach Lowe, the Suns were all set an ready to use Channing Frye as a trade chip in an Omer Asik trade had one happened. Now, the Suns wouldn’t have been the team acquiring Asik, rather they would have used Frye to help a deal go through and then accepted picks or some other consideration for Frye.
This is an interesting angle to the talks as it seems as though it scold have helped the Rockets get a deal done with the Boston Celtics. But trade talks between those two teams were complicated enough as they were and adding a third team in and shuffling around compensation would have made an even bigger mess.
Still, with the Suns in the hunt for a postseason bid, there is still the notion that the team could trade Frye before next months deadline. So far the Suns have been quite on the trade front but they could look to acquire another piece down the stretch of the season and they appear ready and willing to part with Frye if they have to.