Reports: Justise Winslow close to extension with Heat; Kelly Oubre not with Wizards

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Devin Booker got his. Karl-Anthony Towns got his.

The deadline for extensions of rookie contracts is coming up next Monday, Oct. 15, and so far the only two players to get one are the no-brainer max deals (Kristaps Porzingis is one of those, but the Knicks talked to him about holding off so they have more cap space next summer, his time will come). After that, who is going to get an extension?

Miami’s Justise Winslow says he is close to one with the Heat, reports Ira Winderman at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Justise Winslow said he believes he is “getting close” to an agreement on a contract extension by Monday’s NBA deadline…

“There’s been talks. We’re getting close,” Winslow said… “I think it should get done.”

The question is at what price? Last season the Heat signed Josh Richardson to a four-year, $42 million extension, and Richardson is a better and more valuable player (which is why Minnesota wants him in the Jimmy Butler trade talks). Still, I would expect the final salary number for Winslow to be around, likely just a little below, that level.

Another guy to watch potentially getting one is Cleveland’s Larry Nance Jr. Those sides have been talking.

One guy not near a deal is the Wizards’ Kelly Oubre, reports Chase Hughes at NBC Sports Washington.

However, it does not appear likely a deal between the two sides will get done, according to multiple people familiar with the situation…

When it comes to the Wizards and Oubre, whom they picked 15th overall in 2015, both sides have reason to wait. The Wizards have substantial money committed long-term to other players, so they can use the flexibility, and Oubre knows he can raise his stock significantly with a big year.

Oubre started to find a comfort level last season and averaged 11.8 points a game, although he was not very efficient getting there. Increase his three-point percentage (34.1 percent last season) and improve on both ends, show he is a quality rotation player, and his price will get into the eight digits annually.

Whether the Wizards will pay that or not is a question for next July.