Miami Heat swingman Justise Winslow is returning from shoulder surgery, and apparently has been putting in the work.
The injury limited Winslow to 18 games last season, but “has been off the board with his commitment this summer,” a source told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
The Heat were one of last season’s true surprises, with Dion Waiters seemingly finding the right fit, Hassan Whiteside dominating the paint defensively, and Goran Dragic continuing to be perhaps the NBA’s most underrated point guard.
Adding a promising young win such as Winslow to the mix could result in another fine run under coach Erik Spoelstra.
“(Winslow is) determined to improve his shooting; in 96 career games (including just 18 last season), he shot 40 percent from the field and 25.8 percent on threes (39 for 151),” Jackson noted.
Winslow will be in the mix for the starting small forward spot, along with Josh Richardson and Rodney McGruder.
Here’s more out of Miami:
- Dragic scored 35 points to lift Slovenia to its first EuroBasket title over the weekend, earning tournament MVP honors along the way. He was forced to sit out the final moments of the championship win over Serbia with cramping. His 35 points were the most by a Slovenian in international play.
- The Heat still have two roster spots open for camp, and according to the Miami Herald, at least one is likely to be used for a “developmental player.” Former Michigan point guard Derrick Walton Jr. has already received one of the Heat’s two two-way contracts.
- By the way, Winslow’s $3.4 million rookie-scale option is likely to be picked up before camp, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
- Free agent forward Jared Sullinger was among those who visited Miami in July. “Though (team president) Pat Riley was intrigued, Sullinger wasn’t in shape when he visited and the Heat never made an offer,” the Miami Herald wrote. Sullinger has since signed to play in China.
- The Heat will hold training camp Florida Atlanta University, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.