Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye Reportedly May Retire This Offseason

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJune 22, 2017

CLEVELAND, OH - NOVEMBER 03: Channing Frye #8 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Richard Jefferson #24 pause on the court during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena against the Boston Celtics on November 3, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the 128-122. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory copyright notice. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye are reportedly contemplating retirement in advance of the 2017-18 season. 

According to a report from Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico on Thursday, both Frye and Jefferson “may be preparing to retire this offseason."

However, that was evidently news to Frye, who posted an Instagram of Amico's report with the caption, "What? Am I? #NoTheF$£6ImNot":

Should they call it quits, the Cavaliers would be able to open up small slivers of cap space as they prepare to enter a crucial summer signing period.

But as Frye noted on Instagram, he has several million reasons not to step away from the Wine and gold. The same goes for Jefferson. As things stand, Jefferson is due $2.5 million guaranteed next season, while Frye is owed $7.4 million, per Spotrac.

And while Cleveland would have more financial and roster flexibility with the two veterans out of the picture, Frye and Jefferson have emerged as strong voices in the Cavaliers' locker room during their repeated runs to the NBA Finals. 

Their contributions on the court shouldn't be overlooked, either. 

This past season, Frye averaged 9.1 points and 3.9 rebounds while shooting 45.8 percent from the field, including 40.9 percent from three. 

Jefferson, meanwhile, averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 boards in 20.4 minutes per game.