Cavs' Windler to Practice with Charge, May Play Thursday

Sam Amico

CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers rookie Dylan Windler will practice with the Canton Charge on Wednesday and could play in their game Thursday night, according to a report from the Canton Repository, citing a Charge source.

Windler took part in a full practice with the Cavs for the first time this week. He has been out since the start of the season with a stress reaction in his lower left leg.

The Charge are the Cavs' G League affiliate. They are expected to practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts in Independence on Wednesday. They have a home game Thursday against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7 p.m.

The Cavs and Charge will determine Windler's status after seeing how he responds Wednesday. While the injury had healed, the Cavs are being patient in allowing Windler to get into game shape.

Coach John Beilein said Windler has been putting in extra time after practice.

"Dylan looked pretty good," Beilein said. "He’s going to be rusty for a bit. But he can really pass. He’s strong and he makes the next play over and over again. He’s a talker on the floor. We need all those things."

Windler is 6-foot-8 and was selected with the No. 26 overall pick, one of three first-rounders for the Cavs in June. He averaged 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds during the Las Vegas Summer League.