He might not be well known around every household in America but he’s been putting in some solid, reliable work for the Cavs ever since he joined the team back in 2019.
His average has been 5.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1 assist on about 20 minutes played per average each game.
Those might not be the most amazing numbers ever but they’re enough to get him more time with the team.
The Cavaliers decided to exercise Wade’s $1.9 million team option on Wednesday, meaning he will be suiting up for the team yet again when the new season begins.
— Dean Wade (@deanwade3232) June 22, 2022
Wade seemed very enthused by the news, hopping on Twitter to tell the world that he was “Blessed!!”
After a troubling injury, Wade will be back next year – and it could be a pivotal time for the franchise.
Wade missed the last 15 games of the regular season this year because of a meniscus tear in his right knee.
Before that, he was averaging 5.3 points yet again and shooting 35.9% from three-point range.
When healthy, he fills an important stretch forward role, which will be vital in the months moving forward.
The Cavs had a great season – up until they didn’t.
They were climbing the Eastern Conference standings with speed and looked likely to make it far in the playoffs.
But multiple injuries – including Wade’s – held them back and they ended up missing the play-in tournament.
Fans are hopeful that won’t be the case in the new season – and Wade will possibly be a big part of their improved postseason chances.