The Cleveland Cavs have been a pleasant surprise this season, as they are currently sixth in the Eastern Conference with a 21-17 record. The Cavs have succeeded without the presence of key starters, such as Collin Sexton, Evan Mobley, Darius Garland and Ricky Rubio, for both short and large periods of time this season. On Friday, the Cavs announced decisions that they made on two key members of their rotation, per SB Nation Cavs reporter Evan Dammarell.
According to sources, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Dean Wade will have the remainder of his contract guaranteed, keeping him on the roster for the remainder of the season.
Cavs forward Dean Wade will have the remainder of his 2021-2022 contract guaranteed, per Dammarell. Wade, 25, has been quietly solid for Cleveland this season, as he has averaged 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in just over 20 minutes of action a night.
Wade was originally undrafted out of Kansas State but has seemingly found an NBA home with the Cavs, adding to their frontcourt depth.
Cleveland announced another decision on Friday, this one concerning another frontcourt piece.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will guarantee the contract of forward Lamar Stevens, keeping him with the team for the remainder of the season, per sources.
Stevens has become a staple of the #Cavs rotation this season and more or less the heart and soul of their locker room.
— Evan Dammarell (@AmNotEvan) January 7, 2022
Cavs forward Lamar Stevens also had his contract guaranteed, per Dammarell. Stevens has played only 12.8 minutes per game this season. but his impact has been greater than just his stat sheet contributions, as Stevens has emerged as a defensive stud for the Cavs while providing an infectious locker room presence.
These aren’t the flashiest of moves, though Dean Wade and Lamar Stevens should continue to fortify the Cleveland rotation.