The Cavs signed 6-foot-9 power forward Dean Wade in July of 2019, and the 24-year-old is now in his second season with the squad. For those adept at viewing box scores, seeing a “D. Wade” on the current Cavs roster may have caused a split-second of confusion. The same can probably be said for Dwyane himself, who took to Twitter to wish the “new D-Wade” all the best for his Cavs career:
Dwyane took a shot at himself in his remark, noting how he had a rather forgettable stint with the Cavs. The former 13-time All-Star played just 46 games for Cleveland during the first half of the 2017-18 season. The Cavs eventually traded him to the Heat in exchange for a second-round pick. In his brief tenure as a Cavalier, Dwyane averaged 11.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in 23.2 minutes per contest. Needless to say, it wasn’t the greatest moment of his decorated career.
Dean Wade, on the other hand, appears to have cracked head coach J.B. Bickerstaff’s rotation this season. After playing a grand total of just 12 games for Cleveland last season, Dean has now featured in six out of the Cavs’ first seven games of the 2020-21 campaign. The former Kansas State standout hasn’t exactly made a significant impact, though, with averages of 1.7 points and 1.0 rebounds in 10.5 minutes per game.The Cavs are currently dealing with a slew of injuries, so it remains to be seen if Dean Wade will remain in the rotation once the squad returns to full health. But he can rest assured he has Dwyane Wade in his corner.