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Miami Heat swingman Justise Winslow will become a restricted free agent next summer if he and the franchise are unable to agree upon an extension before the 2018-19 season starts.
Winslow says he’s not thinking about the contract extension and is not stressing over it. The Heat have already extended a $4.7 million qualifying offer to Winslow, so they will have the right to match any offer sheet should Winslow sign one with another team.
“Honestly, not really,” Winslow told Rohan Nadkarni of Sports Illustrated when asked if the contract extension has been on his mind. “I’m just trying to be the best player I can be and keep working out. I’m happy in Miami. I’m sure we’ll figure something out whether it’s this fall or next summer. I’m not in any rush. I’m in constant communication with the front office and coach. I’m not stressed about it. I’m just trying to work out this summer, have fun and be ready for next season.”
Miami drafted Winslow with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 draft. In 68 games this past season, Winslow averaged 7.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists, shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 38.0 percent from beyond the arc.
One general manager told the Miami Herald he could see Winslow getting a contract starting at $9 million or so.
The Heat surpassed the luxury tax threshold by more than $3 million to re-sign guard Wayne Ellington. Miami’s projected tax payment is at $4.9 million, but if Dwyane Wade agrees to return for the team’s $5.3 million exception, the tax would balloon well over $10 million.