Cavaliers exercise 4th-year option on forward Dean Wade

FILE - Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, left, clears the ball away from Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dean Wade during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 26, 2021 in Los Angeles.  The Cleveland Cavaliers exercised the fourth-year contract option on forward Dean Wade, who made 28 starts last season and became a strong contributor during the team's resurgence.  The Cavs announced the transfer with Wade on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

FILE – Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, left, clears the ball away from Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dean Wade during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 26, 2021 in Los Angeles. The Cleveland Cavaliers exercised the fourth-year contract option on forward Dean Wade, who made 28 starts last season and became a strong contributor during the team’s resurgence. The Cavs announced the transfer with Wade on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

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The Cleveland Cavaliers exercised the fourth-year contract option on forward Dean Wade, who made 28 starts last season and became a strong contributor during the team’s resurgence.

The Cavs announced the move with Wade on Wednesday.

Wade averaged 5.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 19.2 minutes in 51 games last season before injuring his knee and having surgery. He has missed the last 15 games.

The 6-foot-9 Wade had been invaluable as a backup starter and the Cavs missed him on the stretch. Cleveland has lost eight of its last 11 regular season games and then lost both playoff games.

However, the Cavs posted a 22-win improvement over the previous season and are expected to face next season with Wade in their rotation. He gives the Cavs depth with size and another outside shooter. Wade has made 43% (21 of 49) of his 3-pointers in his last 12 starts.

The former Kansas State standout played 126 games over three seasons with Cleveland, who signed him to a two-way contract in 2019.

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