Cavaliers rookie Dylan Winder close to return

Windler has been out with a stress reaction in his left leg

James Rapien
December 03, 2019 - 6:35 pm
Jul 1, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers Dylan Windler (9) drives against San Antonio Spurs Lonnie Walker IV (1) in the third quarter at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

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CLEVELAND, OH – Cavaliers rookie Dylan Windler continues to make progress and is close to returning to game action after missing all of training camp and the regular season with a stress reaction in his left leg.

Windler practiced with the team on Sunday and Monday. He seemed to recover nicely after the back-to-back practices and got a workout in before Tuesday’s game against Detroit.

“He felt really good,” head coach John Beilein said. “He had no complications or no future soreness from yesterday’s workout. Today (Tuesday), we worked him out again. He shot again today and we’re just watching it every day. So it’s getting closer, it’s really getting closer now.”

Windler will be assigned to the Canton Charge on Wednesday according to Josh Weir of the Canton Repository. If all goes well, he could play for the Charge in Thursday’s game against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

The 6’7” rookie averaged 21.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game last season at Belmont. The Cavs could use size and 3-point shooting ability off the bench.

“He never missed a game in four years at Belmont,” Beilein said. “This is not a kid who came in injury prone. This has been very difficult for him as well.”

The Cavs drafted Windler with the No. 26 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He was one of their three first round selections that included Darius Garland at No. 5 and Kevin Porter Jr. at No. 30.