Channing Frye will be on leave indefinitely from the Cavaliers as he grieves the loss of his father, Thomas, who passed away on Thursday, Tom Withers of The Associated Press reports. Frye has been excused from the team and won’t suit up tonight against Dallas. The team’s next contest is on Sunday at Philadelphia. Frye is the second player to lose a parent over the holiday, with Zach Randolph of the Grizzlies also going on leave after the passing of his mother on Thursday.
Frye posted a message Thursday on Instagram saying: “Be thankful for the person next to you. My father passed away today. Y’all better love on your family.” The 33-year-old lost his mother, who succumbed to her battle with cancer, approximately a month ago. Frye missed two games after her passing.
The big man has appeared in 11 games for Cleveland this season, averaging 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 18.0 minutes per outing. Frye’s shooting line on the campaign is .439/.485/1.000.