Cavaliers’ Dylan Windler to have surgery on leg, miss entire NBA season

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Dylan Windler turned heads the first night of the Salt Lake City Summer League last July. The rookie out of Belmont scored 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-8 from three. More than that, he moved well and showed a real feel for the game, things that were not expected.

We never got to see if that translated to an NBA court because a left lower leg stress reaction had him sidelined from the start of the season. Now that same issue is going to require surgery and keep him off the court all season, the Cavaliers announced.

Windler spent four years at Belmont and showed potential as a sharpshooting role player. He seemed a good roll-of-the-dice late-first pick on the night of the draft, and that was only confirmed in Summer League.

Hopefully, the surgery is successful and next season we can see how Windler fits in with the rebuilding young core in Cleveland.