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Cavaliers: Dean Wade out rest of season with knee injury

Cavaliers forward Dean Wade

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 8: Dean Wade #32 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket during the game against the Indiana Pacers on March 8, 2022 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Collin Sexton: out for the season. Ricky Rubio: out for the season (then traded as an expiring contract). Jarrett Allen: out long-term.

The Cavaliers’ latest injury?

Dean Wade, who has started 28 games this season and was starting at forward when hurting his knee.

Cavs release:

Cavaliers forward Dean Wade, who missed the previous seven games dating back to March 14th, underwent successful surgery at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health today to treat ongoing issues with the meniscus in his right knee. Wade will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season and his status will be updated as appropriate.

The Cavaliers have lost 12 of 18 and fallen to seventh in the Eastern Conference. Their breakthrough season isn’t even assured to end in the playoffs, anymore.

Not to overstate Wade’s individual importance, but climbing back into the top six to directly qualify for the playoffs or advancing through the play-in tournament will be more difficult without him. As injuries stack, each becomes increasingly detrimental to depth.