Cavaliers forward Channing Frye posted an interesting Instagram following the team’s victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday night.
Fans and former teammates took notice that he mentioned that it would be the final time he played in Madison Square Garden, his home arena for the first two seasons of his NBA career.
The 35-year-old veteran made it official on Twitter on Friday that he would be hanging it up after 13 NBA seasons.
Frye will be part of Cleveland sports history forever as a member of the 2016 NBA championship team, Cleveland’s first professional sports championship since 1964.
A trade deadline acquisition from Orlando in February 2016, he brought his three-point shooting and ability to stretch the floor to the Cavs roster and as a locker room leader was also able to keep the team together during some chaotic times during the last several years.
His best game with the team came in Game 3 of the 2016 Eastern Conference semi-finals against Atlanta. Frye scored 27 points on 10-13 shooting (7-9 from three) off the bench to help Cleveland take a 3-0 series lead.
Frye returned to the franchise last summer when many thought he would latch on with a playoff contender or even stay with the Los Angeles Lakers where the Cavs traded him last year.
It was clear that he loved the city that embraced him and he felt comfortable being in whatever role they had for him.
He’s only appeared in 29 games and has been more of a mentor to the younger guys on the roster like Ante Zizic and Larry Nance Jr.
It’s unclear what he plans to do in his post-basketball career but I could definitely seeing him in an analyst role on TV much like his friend Richard Jefferson who he co-hosts the “Road Trippin” podcast with former Cavs sideline reporter Allie Clifton.