Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye has announced on social media that he will retire at the end of this season, ending a 13-year NBA career. Frye took to Instagram and Twitter to hint at and make the announcement.
The Instagram post from Frye hinted at the retirement, as it mentions that the Cavaliers win at Madison Square Garden was his last trip to “The Mecca”. Because of the rampant speculation, Frye had to confirm what many people accurately assumed: he is hanging up the sneakers.
Yes, i am really retiring. It’s been a amazing ride. I’ve had the chance to have some amazing teammates and play for some great coaches. I’m gonna miss it but I’m super excited to see the other side of the fence!
— Channing Frye (@Channing_Frye) March 1, 2019
Channing Frye has become a fixture in Cleveland as one of the bright spots of an otherwise tumultuous tanking season. He played a pivotal role as a bench sharpshooter during the Cavs’ 2016 NBA championship run and his antics with former teammate Richard Jefferson kept the team together off the court.
Frye was traded from the Cavaliers to the Lakers last season as part of the Isaiah Thomas trade. He became a free agent and came back to Cleveland last offseason.