Cavaliers swingman Dylan Windler underwent surgery on his left knee and will be sidelined indefinitely — another blow for the rookie. A first-round draft pick in 2019, Windler has been slowed by injuries in his young career. His first NBA season was wiped out by a stress fracture in his left leg suffered just before training camp. He made his pro debut this season but broke his left wrist in the Cavaliers’ opener and was sidelined for a month.
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Cavaliers guard/forward Dylan Windler left Wednesday night’s home opener against the Charlotte Hornets in the third quarter with a left wrist injury and did not return to action
Further examination and an MRI administered today at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health revealed a fourth metacarpal fracture. Windler will now undergo a period of treatment and rehabilitation and will be re-evaluated in one week.
Chris Fedor: Despite x-rays on #Cavs Dylan Windler coming back negative last night after the game, I’m hearing there’s a lot of concern within the organization about a serious injury. The hope, obviously, is the concern is unfounded, especially given what Windler went thru last year
This has been the toughest year of Dylan Windler’s life. The first round pick has yet to play a game in the NBA. After being taken 26th overall by the Cavaliers in last June’s NBA Draft, the former Belmont star played through pain at the Vegas Summer League. He then had to shut things down in training camp due to a stress fracture in his leg. “Kind of right after the college season ended I really didn’t get to stop or take any time off,” Windler said. “And it kind of just grew on me more and more and continued to get worse and worse.”
Windler is getting close to getting back on the court. “I’m probably 70 or 80 percent of the way there,” Windler said. “It’s been a little over three months right now and I think the doc’s saying maybe a month or a month and a half before I’m able to play live basketball again.”
Windler says it’s still unlikely he’ll be able to play if and when this season resumes, even if it stretches through the summer. But he believes his year of watching from the sidelines has made him more ready for the NBA game whenever he gets back on the court. “I got to still travel with the team this year and see games,” Windler said. “Just being able to watch that film and talk with the coaches and kind of get a better feel for our offense and how they want to run things. I think it will give me a bit of a jumpstart going into next year.”
Kelsey Russo: #Cavs were granted a disabled player exception for Dylan Windler, sources told @TheAthleticNBA . Windler underwent successful surgery on Jan. 21 for his lower leg stress reaction.
Kelsey Russo: The Cavs have applied for a disabled player exception for Dylan Windler, sources tell @The Athletic . It was announced on Monday that Windler would miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season and require surgery for his lower leg stress reaction.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard/forward Dylan Windler will be sidelined from on-court basketball activities for a period of two (2) weeks to re-evaluate a left lower leg stress reaction he was first diagnosed with at the start of the 2019-20 season.
For the first time this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers had everyone full-go at practice. That 15-man group Sunday afternoon included rookie Dylan Windler and center John Henson. “Yes, even Dylan practiced,” head coach John Beilein said with a smile. “Dylan looked pretty good. “
Windler’s status for Tuesday’s matchup against the Detroit Pistons has yet to be determined, but no one in the organization is willing rule him out at this point. How Windler responds to back-to-back practices — Sunday and Monday — will be telling.
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs John Beilein said Dylan Windler (stress reaction) still not cleared for full practice. May go to G League’s Canton Charge when ready
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Dylan Windler able to do some light shooting after practice pic.twitter.com/FS128eCQmX
Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Dylan Windler will miss the start of the 2019-20 preseason because of a left tibial stress reaction, the team announced Friday afternoon.
Regarding the injury, a source said they are “not overly concerned” and it just needs time to calm down.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dylan Windler will be sidelined for the start of the 2019-20 preseason after experiencing discomfort in his lower left leg following of series of recent team workouts.
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