CLEVELAND — A person familiar with the decision says forward Channing Frye will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. Frye was traded by the Cavs in February to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The person spoke with The Associated Press on Saturday, adding that the 35-year-old Frye will get the $2.4 million veteran’s minimum contract.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been signed. Yahoo Sports and other outlets reported the move.
Frye spent parts of three seasons with the Cavaliers, winning the NBA championship with them in 2016. He was dealt at the trading deadline last season along with guard Isaiah Thomas for guard Jordan Clarkson and forward Larry Nance.
Frye was a fan favorite and dependable role player in Cleveland for coach Tyronn Lue. The Cavs acquired him at the trade deadline in 2016.
Frye is the Cavs’ first offseason signing since LeBron James left as a free agent for the Lakers.