We knew the two sides were close to a deal, the only questions were going to be the price and years.
They found the sweet spot: Justise Winslow has agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract extension with the Miami Heat, something first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and since confirmed by other sources.
The third year of this deal is a team option.
This move makes it difficult to include Winslow in any trades, but that did not seem to be on the table anyway with the Timberwolves preferring Josh Richardson in any deal.
Winslow brings versatility, he’s really a forward but back in 2016 was closing games as the team’s center, while last season he was playing backup point guard. He is a strong defender, however, he has never been consistent on offense nor lived up to his potential. He averaged 7.8 points per game in nearly 25 minutes a night last season, and he shot 38 percent from three.
Winslow is a solid rotation player for the Heat, and this contract gives him a chance to reach all that potential and get a bigger payday down the line. Not that $39 million is all that bad.