Winslow, Heat re­port­edly agree to $39 mil­lion, three-year ex­ten­sion

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Jus­tise Winslow has agreed to a $39 mil­lion, three-year ex­ten­sion with the Mi­ami Heat.

A per­son with direct knowl­edge of the agree­ment con­firmed the terms to The As­so­ci­ated Press on Fri­day. The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause Winslow isn’t sign­ing the con­tract un­til this week­end.

Winslow av­er­aged 7.5 points and 5.3 re­bounds on 41 per­cent shoot­ing over his first three sea­sons, play­ing mostly as a re­serve. He was the No. 10 pick in the 2015 draft out of Duke.

The con­tract means the Heat salary com­mit­ments for the 2019-20 sea­son, when Winslow’s ex­ten­sion would be­gin, are about $135 mil­lion for 10 play­ers.

ESPN first re­ported the agree­ment.

Winslow’s 2017-18 sea­son got a boost when the Heat swung a Fe­bru­ary trade to bring back Dwyane Wade to Mi­ami. Winslow was av­er­ag­ing 6.8 points be­fore the trade; he av­er­aged 9.8 points af­ter Wade re­turned.

“Jus­tise is ready to make an­other jump,” Wade said ear­lier this pre­sea­son. “I think with him, the big thing is health. When he’s healthy, he’s a big part of this.”

Winslow was held out of Mi­ami’s pre­sea­son fi­nale against At­lanta on Fri­day, with Heat coach Erik Spoel­stra mak­ing the de­ci­sion to give him rest. Mi­ami opens the reg­u­lar sea­son at Or­lando on Wednesday.

SPURS: San An­to­nio point guard Der­rick White will miss six to eight weeks af­ter in­jur­ing his left heel in his first game as a starter since re­plac­ing De­jounte Mur­ray, who was lost for the sea­son with a torn ACL.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich an­nounced dur­ing Fri­day’s shootaround that the sec­ond-year guard will be out for up to two months. White was al­ready ruled out of the pre­sea­son fi­nale on Fri­day with the Or­lando Magic.

White in­jured his heel dur­ing San An­to­nio’s 130-127 pre­sea­son loss to At­lanta on Wednesday. He had 15 points, six re­bounds and three as­sists in 29 min­utes.

White’s in­jury caps an in­jury-filled week for the re­vamped back­court. The Spurs lost Mur­ray to sea­son-end­ing surgery af­ter his knee buck­led Sun­day against Hous­ton. Rookie Lon­nie Walker IV will miss at least six weeks af­ter sus­tain­ing a knee in­jury last Fri­day.

Patty Mills is ex­pected to start in White’s place.

MAV­ER­ICKS: Dirk Now­itzki’s de­but in his record 21st sea­son with the Dal­las Mav­er­icks won’t be in the opener.

Coach Rick Carlisle said Fri­day the 40-year-old Now­itzki will miss “mul­ti­ple weeks” with a longer-thanex­pected re­cov­ery from left an­kle surgery in April. The Mav­er­icks open the sea­son Wednesday in Phoenix.

Now­itzki said he had a set­back when he started play­ing again about a week be­fore train­ing camp. He hasn’t prac­ticed in the pre­sea­son. The surgery just be­fore the end of last sea­son was to re­move bone spurs.

Carlisle said the 13-time All-Star was do­ing bet­ter but hasn’t done any sig­nif­i­cant work on the court.

AP photo

Jus­tise Winslow of the Heat has av­er­aged 7.5 points and 5.3 re­bounds in his first three sea­sons.

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