Miami’s pursuit of Jimmy Butler might be on hold for the time being. In the meantime, though, they are taking care of their own. That includes agreeing to a three-year, $39-million extension with forward Justise Winslow, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow has agreed to a three-year, $39M extension, league sources tell ESPN. Roc Nation and Heat completed work on rookie extension ahead of Monday’s deadline.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 13, 2018
The Heat are coming off a 44-38 season — good enough for sixth out East. If they don’t get Butler, they probably finish anywhere from sixth to eighth this season. But if they do get him? Well, maybe fifth. Locking up the 22-year-old Winslow is a positive step regardless, though. Last season, his per 36 minutes averages looked like this: 11.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals. He shot 42.4% from the field, a career-high. He also shot 38% from long range, once again a career-high.
“I’m just excited,” Winslow told reporters following Miami’s preseason game Friday night. “I’m invested in this team, in this city. It’s nice to get it done before the season so I can just go out there and play, open mind, open heart. I’m committed to this team and committed to this city.”
After shoulder surgery would limit his 2016-17 season to 18 games, the forward came back last season to play in 68 of them. Presumably, it’s only going to get better for the former 10th overall pick. And if nothing else, the Heat have a young stud to start building around for the future.
Now it’s time for them to do it.