Source: Cavs Rookie Windler Expected to Remain Out Until December

Sam Amico

It appears Dylan Windler is still several weeks away from his Cavaliers debut, as the rookie wing isn't likely to be ready until early or even mid-December, a league source told on Wednesday.

Windler is recovering from a stress reaction in his lower left leg, suffered in late September. At the time, he underwent an MRI at Cleveland Clinic. It was initially determined he would be sidelined four-to-six weeks.

The Cavs haven't put a firm timetable on Windler's availability, suggesting only that he is progressing and getting close to suiting up. He has increased his on-court activity in recent weeks.

“The hardest part is over, but now he's got to get in shape and we have to make sure we don't risk further injury by speeding it up too fast,” Cavs coach John Beilein said earlier this month. “He’s almost ready.”

Windler is 6-foot-6 and was the second of the Cavs' three first-round draft picks this past summer, selected No. 26 overall. He averaged 21.3 points and 10.9 rebounds as a senior at Belmont last season. 

Along with fellow rookie Kevin Porter Jr., Windler is expected to be the primary backup to starting small forward Cedi Osman, as well as play some shooting guard behind Collin Sexton and rookie Darius Garland. 

Windler was the only one of the Cavs' three picks to play in summer league.

The Cavs (4-6) are coming off a 2-1 East Coast swing. They host Miami on Thursday at 6 p.m.