Cavaliers Sign David Wesley
Andrew D. Bernstein
"David adds a wealth of experience and professionalism to our team,” Ferry said. “His defense, shooting and toughness will add to areas that we want to continue to grow this year.”
Wesley, 35, played in 71 games (59 starts) for the Houston Rockets last season and averaged 9.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 33.4 minutes per game. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound guard has played in 914 career games (791 starts) with averages of 12.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. This year will mark his 14th season in the NBA.
He currently ranks ninth among active players in career three-pointers made (1,114) and is one of just two undrafted players in league history to score over 11,000 career points (Moses Malone).
He has appeared in 55 games (52 starts) in eight playoff appearances in his career. He has postseason averages of 12.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
High School: Longview (Longview, TX)
Draft Class: 1992
DRAFTED: Undrafted by an NBA Franchise
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a free agent on September 5, 2006.
2005-06: Played in 71 games (59 starts) for Houston…averaged 9.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game…hit three or more three-pointers in 14 games during the season…scored in double figures in 37 games…over a 12-game stretch from Jan. 6 – Jan. 27, averaged 16.0 points per game while scoring in double figures in each game…dished out five or more assists in 14 games…scored a season-high 26 points on 8-13 shooting including 4-6 from three point range on Jan. 10 at Charlotte…grabbed a season-high nine rebounds to go along with 14 points and six assists vs. Detroit on Nov. 18…had a season-high eight assists at the Clippers on Dec. 17…missed 11 games from March 13 – April 4 with a broken rib…placed on the Inactive List for seven games.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER: Is one of only two undrafted players in NBA history to reach 11,000 career points (Moses Malone)…during the 2004-05 season, played in 80 games (79 starts) between New Orleans and Houston…averaged 11.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game…traded to Houston from New Orleans on Dec. 27…played in 26 games (all starts) with New Orleans…averaged 13.9 points and 4.2 assists per game for the Hornets before being traded…played in 54 games (53 starts) for Houston…averaged 10.9 points and 2.9 assists per game…scored in double figures in 31 of his 54 games with the Rockets...became the 31st player in NBA history with 1,000 career three-pointers made on April 1 vs. New Orleans…set a season high with 23 points on Dec. 14 at Charlotte…dished out a season-high 10 assists on Nov. 13 at Milwaukee…during the 2003-04 season, played in 61games (60 starts) with New Orleans…averaged 14.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game…scored his 10,000th career point on March 25 at Atlanta, joining Moses Malone and John Starks as the only undrafted players in NBA history to reach this milestone…during the 2002-03 season, played in 73 games (73 starts) for New Orleans…averaged 16.7 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game…ranked fourth in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage of .424 (134-316)…hit a career-high eight three-pointers on Dec. 12 at Utah…during the 2001-02 season, played in 67 games (63 starts) for Charlotte…averaged 14.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists…during the 2000-01 season, played in all 82 games (all starts) for Charlotte…averaged a career-high 17.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game…scored 20 or more points in 32 games…scored a season-high tying 32 points on three occasions (vs. Toronto on Nov. 29, vs. Indiana on Dec. 6 and vs. Cleveland on Dec. 26)…played and started in all 82 games (all starts) during the 1999-00 season for Charlotte…averaged 13.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game…during the 1998-99 season, played in 50 games (all starts) for Charlotte…averaged 14.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game…during the 1997-98 season, played in 81 games (all starts) for Charlotte…averaged 13.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game…dished out a career-high 15 assists vs. Indiana on April 3…played in 74 games (73 starts) during the 1996-97 season for Charlotte…averaged 16.8 points and set career highs in rebounds (3.6), assists (7.3) and steals (2.19)…also set career highs in minutes played (40.4) and field goal percentage (.468)…ranked 12th in the NBA in assists and fifth in steals…during the 1995-96 season, played in 82 games (53 starts) for Boston…averaged 12.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game…scored a career-high 37 points at Charlotte on Nov. 22…during the 1994-95 season, played in 51 games (36 starts) for Boston…averaged 7.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game…shot a career-high .429 (51-119) from three-point range…set a career high with seven steals vs. Miami on Jan. 4…played in 60 games (no starts) during the 1993-94 season with New Jersey…averaged 3.1 points and 2.1 assists.
NBA PLAYOFF CAREER: Has played in 55 career playoff games (52 starts) with averages of 12.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game…has scored in double figures in 36 of his 55 career playoff games…during the 2005 Playoffs, played in seven games (seven starts) for Houston and averaged 8.1 points, 3.3 assists and 1.29 steals…shot a playoff career-high .476 (10-21) from three-point range…during the 2004 Playoffs, played and started in all seven games for the Hornets…averaged 10.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game…during the 2003 Playoffs, played and started in all six games for New Orleans…averaged 13.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game…played and started in all nine games during the 2002 Playoffs for Charlotte...averaged 15.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in a career playoff high 41.9 minutes per game…played and started in a career playoff-high10 games during the 2001 Playoffs for Charlotte…set career playoff highs in points per game (17.0) and field goal percentage (.470) to go along with 3.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game…scored a career playoff-high 27 points against Milwaukee on May 17…during the 2000 Playoffs, played and started in all four games for Charlotte…averaged 11.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game…played and started in all nine games for the Hornets during the 1998 Playoffs…averaged 10.0 points and a career playoff high 6.7 assists…played in three games for New Jersey during the 1994 Playoffs…averaged 3.0 points and 1.0 assist.
COLLEGE CAREER: Averaged 17.0 points and 4.4 assists per game in 72 career games at Baylor…named the Southwest Conference’s MVP after averaging career highs of 20.9 points and 4.7 assists as a senior…as a junior, averaged a career-high 5.7 assists per game.
PERSONAL: Full name is David Barakau Wesley…majored in physical education at Baylor…is married to wife, Shannon, and has three daughters and one son, Brittany, Hallie Jazmyne and Jada and son, David…is active in the community by participating in camps and clinics…played two seasons at Baylor with Cavaliers Assistant Coach Melvin Hunt.