CLEVELAND, Ohio — Dean Wade is staying with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavs, who had until June 29 to make a decision, exercised Wade’s $1.9 million team option on Wednesday afternoon — a move that felt like a formality given the team-friendly nature of his contract and how much trust he earned from the organization this past season. Wade, 25, tweeted out his excitement shortly after the news broke.
“Blessed,” he wrote, followed by a pair of exclamation points.
Wade suffered a meniscus tear in his right knee, which caused him to miss the final 15 games of the regular season and play-in tournament. Before the injury, Wade averaged 5.3 points in 19.2 minutes while shooting 35.9% from 3-point range. He scored in double figures in 11 of his 28 starts and shot 42.9% from beyond the arc in his final 12 games as a starter from Jan. 24 through March 12.
Over three seasons with the Cavaliers, Wade has averaged 5.3 points and 3.0 rebounds. He is a career 36.5% long-range shooter, filling an important stretch-forward role.
Originally undrafted out of Kansas State in 2019, Wade earned a spot on the roster with a two-way deal. A success story of the team’s player development program, Wade’s role continues to increase.
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