The Cleveland Cavaliers have relied on a lot of veteran talent coming off the bench in recent years as they've made it to three-straight NBA Finals.
Forward Channing Frye has been a big part of coach Tyronn Lue's bench rotation, playing key minutes and providing some much-needed outside shooting for the Cavs' second unit.
However, heading into the 2017-18 season, Frye will likely see his playing time diminish, as the Cavs are very deep this year after several big offseason moves.
According to Cleveland.com, Lue feels bad about the situation Frye is in this year, as he is all but out of the team's rotation. He said he apologized to the veteran forward, adding that Frye took the news incredibly well:
"I was like man I'm sorry," Lue said. "(Frye) said, 'listen, I'm very excited about our team, not too many opportunities to get to play on a team like this.'"
Veteran Jeff Green will likely take a bulk of Frye's minutes, as he signed a one-year deal with the Cavs earlier this offseason. Frye, meanwhile, is in the last year of his contract and will make $7.3 million this season.
It's refreshing to see Frye have such a great attitude about his benching, and the report says he told Lue that he'll be ready to play whenever he's needed:
Lue also said Frye told him that "(If) I have to wear a suit all season for us to win, that's what I'll do. Don't worry about me, I'm going to continue to keep working. If you need me I'll be ready.'
"That's the type of vet you want around. Unbelievable character guy. He understands it's a long season. There's going to be opportunities."
Frye is seemingly a great locker room presence, as he and fellow veteran Richard Jefferson are leaders of the team along with LeBron James.
However, with several veteran players being heavily relied upon by Lue and his staff, it's not unreasonable to think that Frye could again play a big role on the court for the Cavs before the year is over.
That's why it's important for him to stay ready to go, which if LeBron's offseason workouts are any indication, that won't be an issue for Frye or any of his teammates.
It's always tough to make it through an 82-game schedule unscathed, so having a guy like Frye who can step in off the bench at any given time is a huge boost for the Cavs.