Kevin Love checks into game wearing Channing Frye’s Arizona jersey (video)

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Channing Frye will retire after this season, and he has some big plans for life after the NBA.

But first, Cavaliers star Kevin Love honored his teammate by wearing Channing Frye’s Arizona jersey while checking into Cleveland’s loss to the Spurs yesterday.

Love went to UCLA. So, you know he must really care about Frye to wear an Arizona jersey.

Channing Frye on retirement: ‘See you at L.A. fitness in a year, m——r’

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Channing Frye is retiring. The 35 year-old most notably played in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The sharpshooting big man from Arizona reflected on his career in a recent interview with the Athletic, and told the NBA public-at-large that if they don’t like him they can just sit on it.

Apparently not willing to hold back his true thoughts, Frye had a pretty choice quote to start his interview with Joe Vardon. Warning, some NSFW language ahead.

Via The Athletic:

“I was a great teammate and I love all my teammates, and then No. 2 is I’m a champion,” Frye said, seated on a bench chair inside San Antonio’s AT&T Center one morning last week. “So I don’t care if anyone says I suck, because I don’t. If they’re like well, you’re not playing now, that happens to everybody.

“Listen, I’m rich, I’m a champion, I’m 35 and retiring and I’m living a great life. So, if you think I suck, I’ll see you at L.A. fitness in a year, motherfucker.”

Frye was certainly a fan favorite when he was here in Portland with the Trail Blazers, not only for his style of play but for his personality. It appears that he has that same kind of impact on other fan bases around the league, and we could be in for a treat if we get more of his personality once the season ends and he has the ability to have some more time on his hands.

Good for you, Channing.

Mike Conley, Khris Middleton, Steven Adams among 12 nominees for NBA’s Teammate of the Year

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Chauncey Billups, Shane Battier, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki and Jamal Crawford have won the Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.

Who’ll claim it next?

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Each of these players is a good teammate in his own way.

Steven Adams does all the dirty work to make the Thunder – especially Russell Westbrook – operate smoothly.

Mike Conley has remained steady amid a losing season full of trade rumors.

Jared Dudley is smart, always willing to share his opinion and happy to help younger teammates.

Channing Frye fosters better communication and relationships within the locker room.

Rudy Gay showed great determination recovering from a torn Achilles.

Udonis Haslem oozes veteran wisdom.

Andre Iguodala is highly intelligent, on and off the court, and tries to use his knowledge to help his teammates.

Kyle Korver continued to do his job after what could have been an ugly end with the Cavaliers, and he remains steadfast with the Jazz.

Khris Middleton set a tone for the four Bucks starters who entered this season on expiring contracts to remain focused and unselfish.

J.J. Redick is the 76ers’ veteran voice.

Garrett Temple is a bit of a surprising inclusion considering he got into a fight with Grizzlies teammate Omri Casspi earlier this season. But Temple, who was since traded to the Clippers, is renowned for his professionalism.

Thaddeus Young keeps becoming an even more complete player for his team. With Victor Oladipo sidelined, more of a leadership role has fallen on Young.

Cavaliers explored signing Kevin Durant in 2016

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LeBron James explained the difficulties of recruiting players to the Cavaliers: “A lot of people didn’t wanna come to Cleveland.”

But the Cavs still tried, even for Kevin Durant.

Zach Lowe of ESPN:

In late June 2016, just days after winning one of the most thrilling and historically significant NBA Finals in history, David Griffin, then the Cleveland Cavaliers’ GM, gathered his staff and gave them a directive: Explore ways to get Kevin Durant.

Everyone knew even getting a meeting was a long shot. They would have to gut most of their roster around LeBron James to acquire Durant. But they had to at least do their due diligence. By then, there was a creeping fear that Durant might really join the Golden State Warriors — fresh off a 73-win season and Finals heartbreak at the expense of James and the Cavs. Everyone understood what that would do to the league’s competitive landscape.

“I don’t believe you can dream big enough in the NBA,” Griffin says now in recalling that meeting. “You have to go through the exercise.”

The difference between the Cavaliers and Warriors, who got Durant: Cleveland got serious in its Durant exploration days before free agency. Golden State planned its pursuit more than a year in advance and, through Draymond Green, recruited Durant for months (and might have gotten him hooked early).

The Warriors also had the luxury of Stephen Curry being on a relative cheap contract extension he signed while dealing with significant ankle injuries. That allowed Golden State to fairly easily clear enough cap space to sign Durant outright.

The Cavs, on the other hand, were capped out. Even trimming the roster to just LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love – which would have meant dumping guaranteed salaries for Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert, Channing Frye, Mo Williams and Sasha Kaun – would have left the Cavaliers with less than max cap room for Durant. Getting Durant would have also required moving Irving or Love, maybe in a sign-and-trade.

That would have required the Thunder to agree, no easy task.

And, of course, Durant would have had to agree. Given Durant’s comments about playing with LeBron since, that was highly unlikely. Durant didn’t meet with Cleveland during free agency, though he did meet with the Warriors, Thunder, Clippers, Spurs, Celtics and Heat.

I appreciate Griffin’s ambition. More teams should explore signing star free agents. Too many teams believe they have no chance and don’t enter the chase.

But there’s a major difference in execution.

The Cavaliers almost certainly weren’t getting Durant, regardless. Their odds sunk even lower when they waited so long to figure out how to do it.

Golden State certainly required good fortune to get Durant – Curry’s cheap extension, the right combination of results the prior postseason, the cap spike coming in a year a star free agent was ready to move. But the Warriors maximized their chances by preparing more than a year before Durant’s free agency.

That’s why, as eyerolling as it is, they can call themselves light years ahead.

Channing Frye, Richard Jefferson congratulate ‘ball hog’ LeBron James on scoring mark (video)

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LeBron James‘ former Cavaliers teammates Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson were together in Brooklyn last night – Frye playing for Cleveland, Jefferson commentating on the Nets telecast.

They had a special message for LeBron, who passed Michael Jordan in career scoring.

Ian Begley of ESPN:

What a fun callback to a time LeBron had teammates with good chemistry together.