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Channing Frye
Channing Frye
Position: -
Born: 05/17/83
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:248 lbs. / 112.5 kg.
Earnings: $69,732,776 ($77,606,904*)
I ran into Channing Frye in Toronto. He was there doing some work for ESPN ahead of Game 5 of the Finals. Upon his retirement from the Cavs in April, he’s moved back to Oregon. I reminded him that he was approached by the Raptors to sign as a free agent last summer, and that he instead chose to sign a one-year deal with the Cavs. His reasons for picking the Cavs were the familiarity with the organization, the presence of one of his closest friends on the roster (Kevin Love), and the message from Cleveland’s front office that the team was going to try to make the playoffs. Six games into it, Lue was fired, Love was headed for toe surgery and a 50-game absence, and the Cavs were destined for the lottery. Frye won a title with the Cavs in 2016 and went to the Finals with Cleveland again in 2017. He could’ve added another Finals trip, and maybe a second championship, had he said yes to the Raptors. Such is life.
Not everyone can be a great two-sport athlete. In fact, most people won’t even ever be a great one sport athlete. So even though Channing Frye made his mark on the NBA, we are still going to poke some fun at his attempt to throw a baseball. On Sunday, the recently-retired Frye took the field at a Cleveland Indians game to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. It was not a throw we would describe as being accurate.

Love, who took Polaroids of the party at a Cleveland-area bar, wrote on Instagram: “Don’t remember getting home. I do however remember Channing ruining my speech by being a big cry baby.” He told The Athletic he didn’t take another drink for two weeks. “The Channing retirement (bar) tour was not good for my internal organs,” Love said. “But I tried to spend every minute with him I could.”
Storyline: Channing Frye Retirement
Three craziest teammates? Channing Frye: “Stephon Marbury, Shump (Iman Shumpert) and Larry Sanders.” (Why?) “Steph was crazy just because he is uber-smart and he’s always trying to find the bigger, better thing. He has a huge New York personality. He’s a great guy. Absolutely a great guy, great teammate. He just is super smart and is always trying to change the game. Who was next? Shump? Shump is wild because he is so musically and artistically inclined. He just cannot conform to regular society roles. And I respect that, but he’s that way every single day. If everything’s quiet, Shump has to be loud. If everything is loud, Shump would be quiet. He just can’t do it, but I respect him for it because he’s like that every single day. And then Larry is crazy because he is crazy. I don’t know him that well because he was only here for a short time, but, you know, he’s up there.”
NBA: The 12 nominees for the 2018-19 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award. The award recognizes the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to team: Khris Middleton, Steven Adams, Udonis Haslem, Mike Conley, Jared Dudley, Channing Frye, Rudy Gay, Andre Iguodala, Kyle Korver, JJ Redick, Garrett Temple, Thaddeus Young.

Veteran Channing Frye, who has been trying to mentor Sexton this season, agrees with Drew’s assessment. “There’s nothing wrong with that,” veteran Channing Frye said. “There’s only three or four pass-first guards in this league. For us it’s adjusting to that. For me, I played with a lot of pass-first guards and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. What (Collin) needs to do is understand that he is going to get around 20 shots a game. So listen, you don’t need to get all 20 in the first quarter, big fella. At the beginning, get your teammates involved and it’s going to make your job easier. If everyone’s focused on you, five people can guard one. If he’s guarded one-on-one, he’s pretty dang good. Just learning and evolving. At Alabama, ‘Here’s the ball, go win us the game.’ High school, ‘Here’s the ball, go win us the game.’ Now it’s like you’ve got some All-Stars, you’ve got some really good players. You’ve got to get them involved early, you’ve got to feed ‘em a little bit. Give ‘em a slice of the burger.”

After spending the last 14 years in the NBA, pouring his all into the game he loves, it was time to make room for something else. “The straw that broke the camel’s back, I was on vacation,” Frye said. “I went to Puerto Rico with my kids and I saw our best friends who live down there and their kids are 12, 11, 10. My son is eight now. I’m like, ‘I want to go his practice and not have to worry about my practice.’ I want to make time for them. “What some of these young fellas don’t understand is your whole life is on a selfish bubble, what’s best for you, what you want to do. For me it took a while, but my dad instinct, and my husband and family guy kicked in. What can I do for my family? Money is awesome, but at this point I’ve had enough people either die or go away through relationships that couldn’t get kept up. That’s what’s most important, making something outside of basketball.”
“At the end of the day, you have to look at yourself and be like, ‘Is this what’s truly the right type of gas for the car you’re driving.’ For me, right now, this season, it’s on E. I have enough to finish out the season and I’m excited to do it with these guys. Over the course of this year, there have been some things that happened at the beginning that kind of crushed me a little bit and then just seeing the progression of these guys playing, how good they’ve gotten and how good they’re going to be in the next three or four years has been amazing. But that’s where my happiness is coming from, seeing other people doing stuff. For me, I have to look at what’s going to make me happy, my family happy and I think at the end of the year, I can wipe my hands and say I’m good. I’ve done enough and I think it’s the correct time to step away.”
Storyline: Channing Frye Retirement
Joe Vardon: Here’s Frye confirming his planned retirement to Jeff Green (you can see former Cav Isaiah Thomas weigh in, too). Frye is one of four current Cavs who were here for 2016 championship

Kyle Korver’s playing time has been sporadic this season. On Sunday, when he was temporarily removed from the rotation in favor of a youth movement, Korver received a DNP-CD (Did Not Play-Coach’s Decision) First reported by The Athletic, Korver, Channing Frye and JR Smith — the team’s elder statesmen — were informed that they were going to be out of the lineup for the foreseeable future during a meeting with head coach Tyronn Lue and general manager Koby Altman on Saturday afternoon. That was one day before the Cavaliers’ embarrassing loss against the Atlanta Hawks in the home opener. What happens from here remains to be seen. But either way, Korver isn’t sweating it.
Love has changed physically from his Minnesota days. He’s lighter and fitter, adhering to a strict diet and comprehensive strength and conditioning program. The league has also evolved, and Love has adapted to meet its free-flowing evolution. After 10 years, five All-Star appearances, and an NBA championship, Love has become a perimeter player with great touch and feel. “If you’re playing with two other All-Stars, some games you can get away with having a 12-and-9 game,” says longtime teammate Channing Frye. “You can’t really get away with that anymore. We need 20-and-15, 30-and-14; those kind of games consistently. Now, he doesn’t have to do it all 82 [games], but he has to play at a super high level and he has to make other people better in his way.”

Point guard Isaiah Taylor is coming to camp on a non-guaranteed deal. The Cavs have 14 players on guaranteed contracts. They are: F Kevin Love; G Collin Sexton; F Rodney Hood; F/C Larry Nance Jr.; G/F Cedi Osman; G George Hill; G Jordan Clarkson; G JR Smith; C Tristan Thompson; G Kyle Korver; F Channing Frye; F Sam Dekker; C Ante Zizic; G David Nwaba.
LeBronWire: You had something of a boomerang year from Cleveland, to Los Angeles and then back to Cleveland. You played well with Cleveland then you got traded and now you’re back. Can you recap what that was like for you? Channing Frye: “Well I think first of all, this is a business. The hardest thing in this league is to not take things personally. I’ve been traded to places where I get a call and they say ‘you’re gonna do great at this next place’ and then that’s the end of it. But having the relationships I do with the guys on that team, regardless of LeBron, and the relationship I had with the city and the fan base like that for me, I looked at free agency and said, I’m 35. I’m at the end of my career. Am I going somewhere where somebody is going to have to learn who I am, what I can do and what I can’t.”
LW: With LeBron not being there, have you envisioned how different the vibe is going to be? Channing Frye: “Yes and no. The first time him leaving was one thing. But the second time the team was way more prepared. I think the fact they still gave Kevin that big contract, they’re trying to sign some young up and coming guys. We have a nice solid core of guys that have been in the trenches but are still growing themselves. […] We have the same team that went to the Finals four years in a row we just got a lot younger. It’s not like these guys don’t know how to win. When he left the first time it was a bunch of young guys and rookies and a different coach. Now you got a championship coach with a championship pedigree team, we’re not just resetting the clock. We’re just taking it back a little bit to compete and contend for the next 5-10 years.”
LeBron Wire: In your time with the Lakers, what was your impression of the Lakers young guys? Channing Frye: “I’ll tell you this: they’re arguably the most talented group in the NBA. And I mean talented in terms of experience, years playing in the Western Conference and their overall position. I think the thing they’re going to come to and I think a lot of guys are going to have to deal with this. There’s who you expect to be and then who you are when you play with LeBron. It’s two different things. I don’t know if they truly understand what it’s like to play with him because there is no room for mistakes. Because in all actuality, he could do it himself. He could lead a team to 40 wins by himself.”
Channing Frye is back with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The first thing he did on his Instagram Story when he walked into the locker room was pick on his buddy Kevin Love. Frye points his camera at Love’s locker, says, “Oh look what we have here,” then pans down to a pair of UCLA slides in his hands – and he punts the slides straight across the room. It all only takes five seconds, but it’s an absolutely hilarious five seconds.

Although he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in February, Channing Frye’s impact on the Cleveland Cavaliers can still be felt, in the form of one of the team’s most cherished inside jokes. The Cavs think Jose Calderon is a billionaire. Frye, who even by NBA player standards spends an inordinate amount of time on his phone scrolling through social media, came across an unexpected Google search result. Cleveland’s 36-year-old backup point guard was listed as the heir to a $2.2 billion fortune, thanks to his father’s stake in a Coca-Cola bottling company named FEMSA.
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Channing Frye: “I’m going to say this, I think any superstar would like to play for Luke. I think he’s a players’ coach. I think when you talk about the continuity with the president, owner, GM, a lot of guys are looking for that. I think you’re looking for a culture, I think you’re looking for a guy who’s intense and wants to win now. I think his system is open for learning and growth.”
With just 12 games remaining in the regular season, Frye said he wants to see where he “could fit in for the future.” If it’s with the Lakers, he also can envision himself serving as a bit of a matchmaker. “I think a lot of vets are going to ask me how it is,” Frye said. “They’re going to ask I.T. (Isaiah Thomas) how it is.”
Storyline: Channing Frye Free Agency
In two months since being traded from Cleveland, Frye has found all of those qualities in the Lakers, with a popular coach and an exciting young core of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram. “I think you’re going to see a lot of guys this summer who want to play with Lonzo and Kuz and Brandon and guys that they have here and just build from that,” Frye said. “This is a pretty appealing place. It doesn’t hurt that it’s the Lakers and that these young guys are some of the best young guys in the NBA.”
When Altman visited with James in the Cavaliers’ practice facility a week ago, he let him know that there were still talks alive with the LA Clippers on a Jordan deal. What’s more, there was significant progress: Altman had ownership approval to send the Clippers Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and the Cavs’ 2018 first-round pick for Jordan. The Clippers were willing to accept the trade, but on one significant condition. Clippers general manager Michael Winger explained to Altman that LA didn’t want another shooting guard. He hoped to find a third team that would take Shumpert and his $21 million with draft compensation, and have the Clippers get a center back. Altman and Winger agreed to make more calls to try to find a third team to make the deal work. Winger wondered whether Altman would let him talk to Shumpert’s agent about a possible contract buyout, but Altman wanted trade talks to be further along before granting that permission.
2 years ago via ESPN
The Cavaliers were already in talks with the Los Angeles Lakers about Clarkson and with the Sacramento Kings about Hill, but worked behind the scenes to make bigger moves on NBA trade deadline day, a source said. After the Cavs lost to Orlando, the Clarkson trade talks ended up growing into something much bigger. In the first big move Feb. 8, the Cavaliers acquired Clarkson and Nance from the Lakers for Thomas, forward Channing Frye and a protected 2018 first-round pick.
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ wild trade deadline began with a Los Angeles Lakers deal, acquiring guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance Jr. in exchange for guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Channing Frye and Cleveland’s own 2018 protected first-round pick, which goes to the Lakers unless it falls between 1-3. “Jordan and Larry add athleticism, energy and length to both ends of the court for us,” general manager Koby Altman said in a release announcing the deal. “This trade is also a reflection of our continuing commitment to invest in our roster in ways that help us evolve and compete at the highest level now and into the future.”