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Cup of Cavs: Shoutout to Channing Frye

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Today’s news and notes.

Cleveland Cavaliers Victory Parade And Rally Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

Here is your Cup of Cavs for Saturday, March 2. Questions/concerns, drop us an email to fearthesword@sbnation.com. We have a legit SB Nation email address now!

Take of the day

Channing Frye announced his retirement on Friday, which isn’t a total surprise. He is going to be beloved in Cleveland forever because his place on the 2016 title team, as he should be. And while he won’t go down in history like LeBron or Kyrie as being instrumental to that title win, there is no doubt in my mind that they don’t win the title that year without acquiring him midseason.

Just read this story from ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan about Frye’s impact on the team and what he did for the locker room. Having great players matters, but it is not as simple as getting the best roster possible. Chemistry and cohesion matter. Shoutout to Channing Frye for being the perfect example of that.

Draft watch

As of today, the Cavs have the third-worst record in the NBA. They have a 52.1 percent chance of landing a top-four pick and a 14 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick. They could pick as low as No. 7 overall.

Today’s Tankathon sim yielded the Cavs the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft — aka the right to pick Zion Williamson. The Cavs have a 14 percent chance of landing that pick.

ICYMI — news and notes from yesterday

Eric Bledsoe re-upped with the Bucks for four years and $70 million

Pau Gasol is going to the Bucks after getting a buyout from the Spurs

Adam Silver had some interesting comments while speaking at the Sloan Conference

These Jeremy Lin Pokemon kicks >>>>>

NBA players gave their take on what it takes to guard James Harden

The 76ers’ owner says an early exit from the playoffs would be “problematic”

The NBA went pretty far to investigate the Lakers-Paul George tampering allegations

Ty Lue back?

What to read today

At FanSided, Jared Dubin sings the praises of Nuggets guard Monte Morris