The Cleveland Cavaliers are bringing back fan-favorite big man Channing Frye.
Frye is returning to Cleveland on a one-year contract for $2.4 million. Shams Charania was the first with the news:
Free agent Channing Frye has agreed to a one-year, $2.4M deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell Yahoo.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 14, 2018
No matter what direction the team decides to go this season, Frye fits like a glove. The spacing he provides on the floor is very important for Collin Sexton, who will need room to operate with the frequency with which he drives. Plus as a locker room presence, Frye can be a mentor and steady presence.
If the team does choose to move Kevin Love, Frye becomes even more valuable on the floor so that the Cavs don’t fall into the no-spacing hell that they had from 2010-2014. Plus if the team is going to be bad, having players with strong character in the locker room is essential to help prevent things from falling apart off-court. However, Frye’s presence could help Love feel more comfortable, should they try to retain him.
Either way, it’s great to have Frye back with the wine and gold. For all the talk of how bad things have been behind the scenes, the fact that he was willing to come back rather than signing on with a contender speaks to some form of a connection he has with the franchise. The Cavs may never be able to recreate the success they had with LeBron James, but working towards developing and maintaining a positive culture can go a long way.