Cavs Sign Jordan Bell, Dean Wade To Multiyear Deals

JUNE 30: The Cavaliers have officially signed Bell and Wade to multiyear contracts, the team confirmed today in a press release. We passed along more details on Bell’s two-year deal and Wade’s four-year pact right here.

JUNE 29: The Cavaliers are filling the two openings on their 15-man roster with a pair of big men. The club has agreed to a multiyear contract with forward/center Jordan Bell, according to Chris Fedor of (Twitter link), and is signing two-way player Dean Wade to a multiyear deal, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (Twitter link).

Bell, a former Warriors rotation player, signed a one-year, minimum-salary contract with the Timberwolves last summer, but didn’t establish himself as a reliable rotation player in Minnesota, averaging 3.1 PPG and 2.9 RPG in 27 games (8.7 MPG).

Prior to the trade deadline, Bell was sent to Houston in the four-team Clint Capela trade, then was flipped to Memphis in exchange for Bruno Caboclo. The Grizzlies subsequently released Bell, who joined the Wizards’ G League affiliate, the Capital City Go-Go. However, the NBA and G League seasons were suspended just one day later, so Bell didn’t see any action for the Go-Go.

Wade, meanwhile, spent his rookie season on a two-way deal with the Cavs after going undrafted out of Kansas State a year ago. The power forward appeared in just 12 games for Cleveland, spending most of the season with the Canton Charge, where he averaged 14.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.3 APG, and 1.4 BPG with a .461/.399/.847 shooting line in 30 G League games (31.1 MPG).

Bell got a two-year contract, tweets Shams Charania of The Athletic. Wade’s new deal is a four-year pact with a $375K first-year salary, followed by three non-guaranteed seasons, tweets Fedor. The two signings won’t take the Cavaliers above the luxury tax threshold, sources tell Fedor.

As Bobby Marks of ESPN notes (via Twitter), since Bell was waived after March 1, he wasn’t eligible to play in the postseason this summer, but that obviously wasn’t a concern for the Cavs.

Meanwhile, because only the 22 teams participating in the NBA’s restart are eligible to sign substitute two-way players this week, Cleveland can’t sign a free agent to fill Wade’s vacated two-way slot.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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9 thoughts on “Cavs Sign Jordan Bell, Dean Wade To Multiyear Deals

  1. Sillivan

    These signings are not good

    The best Cavs did was that they traded Warriors 2023 Second for Drummond

    Cavs and Drummond are negotiating extension

    They can trade him Drummond for something good later

    • 2joes_1backfield

      they’re not bad. they’re just bodies that Cleveland can afford to take a flier on with absolutely no risk. I have no idea where you heard that the Cavs are even interested in a Drummond extension at this point, though

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        Some writer in Cleveland said that Drummond and the Cavs both showed an interest in an extension although they’re not currently negotiating.

  2. Luckylefty2

    Damn homie, you were the man just 2 years ago, homie. This dude burned the bridge from the only team that fit his play style. He will either be in euro cup, champions league or Euroleague after next season.

  3. arc89

    Bell wanted more playing time leaving GS and end up getting less playing time. Now he needs to start all over again. bad mistakes.

  4. x%sure

    Wade looked solid when he was in, which was rarely, or at least he had the right ideas. His limited stats bear that out. He did not rebound well at the GL level though.

    Bell projects to be Tristan lite which will matter if TT leaves. If not, Bell might be the Europlayer.

  5. dust44

    Bell def feels like a cheap alternative to Thompson. For a rebuilding team they should sign Thompson for what he will want. And as for Drummond, I think it will depend on the draft. If Wiseman is the pick they don’t extend Drummond. If it’s Edwards or Deni then they extend him. Obi and Ball r the only poor fits in the top 5 players. Ball obviously because he’d b the 3rd straight PG and Obi because they unfortunately owe Love a metric $hit ton of money for what he is at this point. That contract is untradeable unless they take an equally bad contract back.

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