The New York Knicks are converting Dylan Windler from his two-way contract to a standard contract, a league source tells @spotrac.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) October 22, 2023
After playing his first four NBA seasons with the Cavaliers, the small forward, now 27 years old, signed with New York in July. Windler became an unrestricted free agent this summer as a result of Cleveland’s decision to forego offering him a qualifying offer.
Windler’s contract is for one year and is non-guaranteed, source says. He was previously on a two-way deal. Knicks now have a two-way spot open. https://t.co/WDNPv7Kp0P
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) October 22, 2023
With the 26th overall choice in the 2019 lottery, the Cavaliers picked Windler, but he missed his rookie season due to a leg injury and was never able to establish a reliable role. In 84 games, he averaged 3.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 0.8 assists. He missed much of that time due to injury, playing in only three games the previous year.
After being given a roster slot, Windler will get an opportunity to relaunch his career in New York. He only played in one preseason game, finishing scoreless in around six minutes of action, but his performance in practice persuaded club management to take a risk on him.
There are currently 15 players on standard contracts with the Knicks, including non-guaranteed contracts for DaQuan Jeffries and Ryan Arcidiacono. After converting Charlie Brown and Jacob Toppin to two-way contracts earlier today, the club also has a two-way vacancy.