1: Dylan Windler
One of the surprising moves of the Knicks’ otherwise quiet offseason was when the team signed Dylan Windler to a two-way and waived 2022 second-round pick Trevor Keels. The new CBA allows teams to carry three two-way spots rather than two.
The Cavaliers didn’t extend a qualifying offer to Windler, whom Cleveland drafted with the No. 29 overall pick in 2019. The 26-year-old has struggled with injuries since entering the league and played in only three games in 2022-23 due to an ankle injury. Windler’s played in a total of 84 games throughout his career.
The potential is there for Windler, and New York’s front office recognized that this summer. The Knicks have a surplus of guards on the roster, but if Windler can find his three-point stroke that made him an exciting draft prospect, he could be a candidate to receive minutes in Tom Thibodeau’s rotation.
He’d help his case if he has a strong showing at preseason, where Thibodeau will pay close attention to the new faces.
Windler was a low-risk, high-reward signing for the Knicks, and although he likely won’t see a lot of playing time for New York, he’ll be a player to keep an eye on in Westchester.