The Cleveland Cavaliers and forward Dean Wade have come to terms on a three-year, $18.5 million extension. He had one more season to go on his current contract.
Last season, Wade averaged 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 51 games before sustaining a knee injury that had him out of the final 15 games. He made 28 starts with the Cavs, who improved their win total by 22 games.
Sadly, Wade dealt with an assortment of injuries.
The Cavs traded F Lauri Markkanen to the Jazz in part of an exchange for SG Donovan Mitchell. This extension of Wade is important because the forward got sent elsewhere.
What Wade continues to bring to the table is a solid forward that was once simply a rotational two-way player that developed into a starter over time. It’s an extension that will help the Cavs for years down the line.
Wade should certainly be proud of the progress he’s made over the years since starting with the Cavaliers in 2019.