Lakers sign Dylan Windler to two-way deal

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed guard/forward Dylan Windler to a two-way contract, the team announced.Dylan Windler

Windler was released from a standard deal with the Knicks a few weeks back. He recorded a 23-point, 33-rebound game as a member of the Westchester Knicks on Friday night.

The 33 rebounds were a G League single-game record.

Windler signed a two-way contract with the Knicks over the summer, then had it converted to a standard contract earlier this season.

After that, he bounced between the parent club and Westchester Knicks. He appeared in just three games with New York.

The Cavaliers selected Windler with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft but did not extend a qualifying offer at the end of last season. That sent Windler into free agency, where he signed with New York.

Windler appeared in just 86 games over his first four seasons, with injuries being the name of the game for him with the Cavs. Interestingly, he was known as a bit of an ironman as an amateur, missing just one game between high school and four years of college at Belmont.

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.

He will wear No. 20 with the Lakers.

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  1. Strengths: Not a rookie, good court vision, dead eye shooting, high release.

    Deficits: Quickness / Athleticism, durability, ball handling.

    Putting specialists next to LeBron has a good track record up to certain point. Regular season game success. In the playoffs, his ability to mesh with other superstars, and build chemistry with guys who do more than just stand and shoot, has always been LeBron’s challenge.

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