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

2019 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

MADISON, NJ - AUGUST 11: Dylan Windler #9 of the Cleveland Cavaliers poses for a portrait during the 2019 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot on August 11, 2019 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)

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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.