Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 9/20/12
Suns forward Channing Frye will be out indefinitely due to an enlarged heart, the team announced Thursday. The 29-year-old Frye was diagnosed by the team's cardiologist, Dr. Tim Byrne, with dilated cardiomyopathy, a condition that was discovered during a screening as part of a routine preseason physical. Frye will be re-evaluated in December, until which time he will not participate in any basketball-related activities. No other details of his condition have been released. Nothing is more important to us than the health and well-being of our players, said Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby. "Channing and his family have the full support of our organization. His health is our primary concern, and we are committed to helping him in any way he needs. Frye has spent three seasons in Phoenix, averaging 11.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks. In 2011-12, he posted 10.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. A Phoenix St. Marys High School product who starred at the University of Arizona, Frye signed with his hometown team on July 14, 2009. He previously spent two seasons with Portland after spending his first two seasons in New York with the Knicks, who selected Frye with the eighth overall pick in the 2005 draft. The Suns added to their frontcourt this offseason with the amnesty-waiver claiming of Luis Scola from the Rockets and the signings of Michael Beasley, expected to start at small forward, and Jermaine O'Neal, expected to back up Marcin Gortat at center.
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