Windler’s new contract is for one year, though not guaranteed, added Fred Katz of The Athletic.
Windler, 27, spent his entire with the Cavaliers, who chose him with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. But Cleveland did not extend a qualifying offer after the season, making him a free agent.
The Knicks signed him to a two-way deal at the end of July. Windler normally wouldn’t have been eligible for such a contract, given that he’s been in the NBA for four seasons. But he missed all of his rookie year, so has actually only played in three.
Still, he has been riddled with injuries in his first four seasons, appearing in a total of just 84 games. He played just three games with Cleveland last year.
After missing all of his rookie year, Windler bounced back to average a career-high 5.2 points in his second season, showing flashes of promise. But given how little he’s been able to stay on the floor since, it wouldn’t have made sense for the Cavs to issue the $5 million qualifying offer this past summer.
New York now has 15 players on guaranteed standard deals.