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Cavs rookie Dylan Windler ruled out for season

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The Cavs’ second first-round pick, Windler won’t see the floor this year.

Rio Grande Valley Vipers v Canton Charge Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images

According to a release sent out by the Cavs, rookie wing Dylan Windler will miss the remainder of the 2019-20 season due to “ongoing symptoms relate to his left lower leg stress reaction.”

Windler suffered the injury at the beginning of the season, came back briefly to play in the G League with the Canton Charge and then was ruled out again. Per the Cavs, he will undergo surgery on Jan. 21 with a timeline for his return to the court established after.

Windler, 23, was picked in the first-round by the Cavs in the 2019 NBA Draft out of Belmont. He came in as capable shooter, but got hurt before he could even get a shot at the rotation. When he played with the Charge, he played two games and averaged 6.5 points and shot 28.6% from three.

On one hand, this is a bummer considering Windler would be a fun fit in the Cavs’ rotation. On other hand, it’s much better to be cautious with him and to let him get right before he makes his proper NBA debut. It’ll also be interesting to see if ends up playing summer league next year, as he did this year.