The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson reported Monday that Justise Winslow “has been off the board with his commitment this summer,” quoting an unnamed source. Jackson wrote that Winslow has developed and expanded his game, including his shooting.
J. Richardson signed his 4-yr, $42 million extension today. A six-pack of Heat notes (Winslow, Kelly O, Goran etc): https://t.co/f8AcITnyzn— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 18, 2017
For Heat fans, this news is a breath of fresh air. Winslow’s effective field goal percentage -- which accounts for the fact that a made 3-point shot is worth more than a two-point shot — was just 37.1 percent last year. He also shot just 62 percent from the foul line. His jump shot is so broken that you can read this entire article about it.
Winslow developing a respectable jump shot would unleash the Heat’s versatility this year. Part of the reason for Miami’s 30-11 finish to the season was that Wayne Ellington, Rodney McGruder and James Johnson made the shots that Winslow missed before his season-ending injury. If Winslow can shoot jumpers and refines his other strengths — passing, ball-handling, smart cuts to the basket — the Heat would add another dynamic to the fun team that ended last season.
Jackson also reported that the Heat are expected to guarantee Winslow’s $3.44 million salary for the 2018-19 season.