Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse for the Miami Heat. The Miami Heat announced on Wednesday that small forward Justise Winslow will undergo shoulder surgery on Thursday to repair a torn labrum and will likely miss the remainder of the season.
Justise Winslow will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder & is likely out for the remainder of the season.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) January 5, 2017
Winslow played in 18 games this season and averaged 10.9 PPG. At 20 years old, Winslow was being vetted to possibly be the center of this franchise, but that scouting process will have to be on hold.
"I really feel for him because I know how much time he put in this summer. He's put in as much time as anybody" said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. "I know how much it means for him to be here (with his team) and be able to make an impact."
The Heat are dangerously close to being the worst (record-wise) team in the NBA, and now will be without their clear starting SF and defensive-ace Winslow. The team is already missing $23 million forward Chris Bosh who is away from the team indefinitely. They also have injuries to Josh McRoberts and it seems continual setbacks from other rotation players.
Winslow’s minutes will likely be split among numerous players like Luke Babbitt, Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington.