Channing Frye penned a piece for the Player’s Tribune discussing his Finals run with the Cavs this past season, as well as his previous path throughout the league. Regarding the joy he felt upon joining Cleveland, Frye wrote, “When I got traded to the Cavs in February, I knew it was going to be special. I almost cried on the plane because I was getting the chance every player wants — a shot at the title. From the jump, I told myself that I was not gonna waste a day. I was not going to waste a moment. I was going to enjoy everything.”
Reflecting on his contributions to the Cavs’ culture, Frye relayed, “We’re one of the closest teams I’ve ever been on. We have text chains about all types of stuff. Everybody’s always talking [expletive] to each other, except we don’t really say too much to LeBron James. Sometimes I’ll say like, Bron, you weak. You only got 40? Then he’ll go out and try to drop 50.”
Here’s more from around the league:
- Shane Larkin‘s deal with the Spanish club Baskonia will net him approximately $900K for next season, international journalist David Pick tweets.
- Stephen Curry, James, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant may be the favorites to win the MVP award next season, Cody Taylor of Basketball Insiders ran down his dark horse candidates for the honor. Among those who Taylor believes can snag the award in 2016/17 are Kawhi Leonard, Isaiah Thomas and Damian Lillard.
- The Nuggets are closing in on a deal with former Rockets assistant coach Chris Finch that would see him join coach Michael Malone‘s staff, Marc Stein of ESPN.com relays (Twitter link).