Justise Winslow has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $39 million extension with the Miami Heat.
The Heat drafted the 22-year-old from Duke as the 10th overall selection in 2015 and have moved to tie him down to a rookie extension as they hope to see an improvement in his production next season.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, league sources informed that Roc Nation closed negotiations with team president Pat Riley and general manager Andy Eisburg on Friday afternoon, with Miami retaining a team option for the third year of the deal.
"I'm just excited,'' Winslow told reporters following Heat's preseason win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
"I'm invested in this team, in this city. It's nice to get it done before the season so I can just go out there and play, open mind, open heart. I'm committed to this team and committed to this city.''
The small forward averaged 7.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game during the regular season for the Heat, having played 68 games in 2017-2018. But he only played 18 games the season prior, with the campaign cut short due to a shoulder injury.
This upcoming term, however, Winslow could emerge as one of Erik Spoelstra's key men, given Miami can't really boast having a superstar player on their roster despite Dwayne Wade's return.
Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow has agreed to a three-year, $39M extension, league sources tell ESPN. Roc Nation and Heat completed work on rookie extension ahead of Monday’s deadline.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 13, 2018
Winslow is the third member of the 2015 draft class to agree to a rookie extension, but his deal pales in comparison to that of Karl-Anthony Towns, who signed a five-year, $190 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, as well as that of the Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker, with the player inking a deal worth $158 million over the next five years.
Miami, meanwhile, closed their preseason on Friday with three wins out of six and will kick off the regular season with a visit to the Orlando Magic this coming Wednesday.