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Miami Heat swingman Justise Winslow will become a restricted free agent next summer and the franchise hasn’t given Winslow an indication of whether a contract extension will be offered this offseason, according to a report from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
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.
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 are open to trading Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson this summer, but haven’t been offering Winslow in any trades.
Miami currently has 11 players under contract. The franchise surpassed the luxury tax threshold by more than $3 million to re-sign guard Wayne Ellington.
The Heat’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.