Channing Frye is set to enter his 13th NBA season. He's been all over the NBA map, but he is probably best associated with the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he was a key role player for the 2016 NBA Champions.
Last season, Frye was shipped out to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Isaiah Thomas, in the big deal that brought back Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson.
Frye played just nine games for the Lakers, which makes sense. L.A. was most concerned with getting its young guys experience, ahead of its LeBron James pursuit this off-season.
He signed back with the Cavaliers this off-season, but he had an opportunity to play for another team that has spent weeks in the headlines, with the recent Kawhi Leonard trade: the Toronto Raptors.
Channing Frye revealed that he almost signed with the Raptors on his Road Trippin' Podcast.
Frye was asked if he had a chance to stay in Los Angeles, but made an interesting point about a stark divide between the conferences. Because of the Warriors' dominance, he said, Western Conference teams are looking to get smaller, so the market for guys like the 6-foot-11 Frye, even with his shooting ability, is almost all in the East.
For the long-time veteran, the Raptors were a notable possibility:
"I had an opportunity to go to Toronto, but I said... I respect this team, and I just wanted to go back to Cleveland."
Frye signed the veteran's minimum to be back in Cleveland. There, he will be reunited with his good friend Kevin Love, who just signed a big deal to stay with the Cavs.
Love and first-round pick Collin Sexton are more-or-less the faces of the franchise in the post-LeBron James era. Considering that, we're sure he's pretty happy to have Frye back.