Instead, he returned and has played six more seasons. This one might be his last.
After the Cavaliers beat the Knicks last night, Frye – who was drafted No. 8 overall by New York in 2005 – posted to Instagram:
That sure sounds like someone who’ll retire after the season.
Frye was up-and-down with the Knicks and Trail Blazers then found his groove as a stretch big with the Suns before every team had a stretch big. He was quietly solid with the Magic then got traded to the Cavaliers in 2016.
In Cleveland, Frye joined a star-studded team – featuring LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love – but a team with chemistry issues. Frye’s open communication and friendliness helped the Cavs connect, and they won the title that year. Frye deserves plenty of credit for his contributions.
The 35-year-old Frye is back with the Cavaliers and playing a limited role. At this stage, he’s too much of a defensive liability to do more on a winning team. This is probably it for him, as he’s clearly acknowledging.
After he retires, Frye could have a bright future in media, much like his recently retired podcast co-host, Richard Jefferson.