Dean Wade

Dean Wade

24-Year-Old ForwardF
Cleveland Cavaliers
GTD
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 10/20/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
In his sophomore season, Wade was able to gain a solid spot in the Cavaliers' rotation, upping his minutes per game from 5.9 to 19.2, while averaging 6.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Much of this can be attributed to Kevin Love only being healthy for 25 games. The Kansas State product will likely have a much smaller role in 2021-22 as Cleveland traded for Bulls' forward Lauri Markkanen in late August. Cleveland also added to their frontcourt depth in the draft, selecting USC's big man Evan Mobley with the third overall pick. Wade's role will be limited to sparse minutes off the bench, leaving him unlikely to have fantasy value in most standard leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $3.68 million contract with the Cavaliers in June of 2020. Contract includes $1.93 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

Dean Jackson Wade was born in 1996 in Wichita, Kansas to Jay and Trish Wade. He attended St. John High School in St. John, Kansas and won three state championships while picking up two All-State honors. Wade averaged 21.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.4 blocks, 2.8 assists, and 2.9 steals over his high school career. During his senior campaign, he posted 25.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 3.0 blocks, and 3.9 steals per game. As a result, Wade was named 2018 Mr. Kansas Basketball and Gatorade Kansas Player of the Year. You can follow him on Twitter (@deanwade3232) and Instagram (@deanwade32).

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Wade was a staple of the Kansas State basketball program from 2015-16 to 2018-19, making 123 starts in 126 games. He started his career by averaging 9.9 points and 5.1 rebounds across 26.4 minutes in his freshman season, getting named to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team. Wade posted similar numbers his second season, but his assist total grew to 1.8 per game while his foul total decreased despite more minutes. He averaged a career-high 16.2 PPG in his junior year en route to earning First-Team All-Big 12 honors. The Wildcats made the Elite Eight that year, but Wade was limited to only one NCAA Tournament appearance due to injury. Wade again earned First-Team All-Big 12 honors after averaging 12.9 points and 6.2 rebounds in his senior year, but his career was cut short due to a foot injury and he missed the postseason. He went undrafted in 2019 but caught on with the Cavaliers later that summer on a two-way deal.

Doesn't practice Monday
FCleveland Cavaliers
Ankle
October 18, 2021
Wade (ankle) didn't practice Monday, and his status for Wednesday's regular-season opener is uncertain, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
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Wade was a solid contributor throughout the preseason for the Cavaliers, but he appears to have picked up an ankle injury, which may impact his status for the regular season. With Evan Mobley and Lauri Markkanen in town for the 2021-22 season, Wade's opportunities may be harder to come by then a year ago, so he will need every chance he can get to suit up.
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2020

Wade appeared in 63 games for the Cavaliers in 2020-21. In his 44 appearances off the bench, he averaged 4.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game. Across his 19 starts, he averaged 10.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.8 minutes. Overall, he shot 43.1 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from three and 76.9 percent from the charity stripe and set career highs in per-game stats essentially across the board. He also shot 42.9 percent from three at home. On opening night, in a win over the Hornets, Wade posted career highs in assists (3) and steals (3). On Feb. 27, in a win over the 76ers, Wade grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. Against the Pelicans on March 12, Wade tied his career-high three blocks. Against the Pelicans again on April 11, Wade scored a career-high 21 points. May was the best month of Wade's career, as he averaged 11.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 31.7 minutes.

2019

The 2019-20 campaign marked Wade's rookie season. After going unselected in the 2019 NBA Draft, Wade signed two-way contract with the Cavaliers in June. Over the season, Wade played in 12 NBA games for Cleveland and 30 G League contests with the Canton Charge. He made his NBA debut with the Cavaliers on Nov. 18 against the Knicks. Wade played nine minutes and posted one steal. Over his 12 NBA games, Wade averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds in 5.9 minutes per game. With the Cavs, he shot 9-of-13 from the field and 2-of-4 from three. He set single-game career highs of six points, eight rebounds, three blocks, one steal and one assist. On Jan. 14, he had is best game with six points, eight rebounds and three blocks in 14 minutes of run during a road loss to the Clippers. On Mar. 16, Wade set a career high with 16 minutes played against the Celtics and recorded two points, two rebounds, one assist and one block. With Cleveland, Wade spent 84 percent of his minutes at power forward and 17 percent of his minutes at center. With Canton, Wade averaged 14.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 blocks over 31.1 minutes per G League contest. On Feb. 23 with the Charge, Wade posted 29 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocks during a win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

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Logs 12 points, seven rebounds
FCleveland Cavaliers
October 16, 2021
Wade recorded 12 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, two steals and one assist across 23 minutes during a 110-94 preseason win Friday at Indiana.
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Finishes with solid game
FCleveland Cavaliers
May 17, 2021
Wade posted 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt), eight rebounds, three assists and a steal across 35 minutes in Sunday's 123-109 loss to the Nets.
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Scores 12 in loss
FCleveland Cavaliers
May 15, 2021
Wade had 12 points (4-8 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and nine rebounds in Friday's loss to the Wizards.
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Bottoms out with one point
FCleveland Cavaliers
May 12, 2021
Wade was held to one point (0-2 FG, 1-2 FT) in Wednesday's win over Boston, adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes.
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Three triples, three steals
FCleveland Cavaliers
May 10, 2021
Wade scored 19 points (6-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 4-5 FT) to go along with 12 rebounds, three steals and two assists across 38 minutes in Monday's loss to the Pacers.
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