Justise Winslow Rumors

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Justise Winslow
Justise Winslow
Position: F
Born: 03/26/96
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:222 lbs. / 100.7 kg.
Salary: $13,000,000
Justise Winslow spoke to former NBA forward Caron Butler on the league’s Twitter feed on Friday afternoon and expressed concern about the continuation of the season, the same way he did on his Instagram page on Thursday evening. “The bubble is tricky man,” Winslow told Butler. “From the COVID standpoint, I don’t think it’s a great idea just to have all these people in a bubble and tight spaces. It’s almost the opposite of social distancing. We’re going to have workers who are working for Disney; they’re going to be going home and seeing their family and doing whatever they want to do but then they are going to come back.”
Storyline: Coronavirus
Winslow did touch on the money issue in his interview with Butler. “But at the same time, I’m a competitor. I want to play,” Winslow said. “I want my money even though it’s not all about the money. It’s still a business. So if these owners are going to get paid, I want my fair share as well. It keeps going back to jus the dynamic of players want more money and owners want more money so how can we do this without killing each other or knocking each other down or being disrespectful.”
Winslow said he felt like the players agreed to return to play, but not necessarily to everything laid out in the health and safety protocol measures released on June 16. “I think when we agreed to this as players, we agreed to come back. We didn’t necessarily agree to be in a bubble, be on lockdown, to not have our families, to be exposed to the virus, to have all these workers around,” Winslow said. “We didn’t agree to all that. We agreed to come back and play. It’s up to the league and [National Basketball Players Association] to figure out the best way. It’s still a little iffy. I don’t know if it’s the smartest thing for us to come back and play right now. I love to continue to fight this fight for social injustice and these other things, but to be completely honest, I’m a little iffy about Orlando.”
Winslow said he’s been anxious to return to the floor but he’s appreciating team meetings on Zoom or followup chats with assistant coach Brad Jones. The team chemistry, he said, reminds him of his 2015 Duke team that won a national championship. “I’ve just been waiting to put on that jersey,” Winslow said. “I’ve been grinding, but I miss the team. There’s just something special about this team.”
Winslow said he’s been anxious to return to the floor but he’s appreciating team meetings on Zoom or followup chats with assistant coach Brad Jones. The team chemistry, he said, reminds him of his 2015 Duke team that won a national championship. “I’ve just been waiting to put on that jersey,” Winslow said. “I’ve been grinding, but I miss the team. There’s just something special about this team.”
Have any former Duke players given you advice on taking this next step? Cassius Stanley: Yeah, the brotherhood is really real. In the summer, even before going there, I ran with so many NBA players. I worked out a lot with Justise Winslow. I also worked out with Austin Rivers and Seth Curry and Rodney Hood. They were all great and telling me to go into it with the mindset of learning everything you possibly can from Coach because he knows exactly what he is talking about. That is exactly what I did. I came in as a sponge, just trying to soak everything I could.
The Heat are now projected to have cap space after their big trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. Prior to the deadline, the Grizzlies were projected to have $52.8 million available, but instead transferred a large portion of it to the Heat by taking on Dion Waiters and James Johnson in order to acquire Justise Winslow. The Heat are projected to generate $26.5 million in cap space assuming Kelly Olynyk opts-in and they hold onto Derrick Jones Jr.‘s bird rights. With their eyes set on 2021 maximum cap space, they are unlikely to offer free-agent targets more than a one-year deal.
What’s your overall perspective on the trade deadline? Grizzlies GM Zach Kleiman: “We were pleased with what we were able to do at the deadline. With the Andre Iguodala situation, which was obviously going to come to a head at some point, there were several options that were on the table at the end of the day. For us to be able to go out and bring in a player in Justise Winslow, who we feel like is a very strong fit on the court and off the court, a player that I think really embodies a lot of the things that we’ve talked about from Day 1 in terms of having an incredible work ethic, basketball IQ, (is) nasty defensively and has a low ego. He’s a really unselfish guy as well. We felt like he could be a really strong long-term fit on the court and off the court. We’re well aware we leveraged our cap space. We pulled ourselves out of the free agency market (this summer). There’s an opportunity cost to doing so. None of that’s lost on us. For us to be able to add one player who we believe in as a key piece, as a fit to what we’re building going forward, that was Plan A. That was the deal that we were hoping to get done.”
Most dudes wouldn’t be too happy to leave South Beach … but Justise Winslow tells TMZ Sports that ain’t the case — saying he’s elated to join the Memphis Grizzlies!!! Of course, Winslow played his whole career with the Heat before getting shipped off to Elvis’ old stomping grounds as part of the Andre Iguodala deal. We spoke with the 23-year-old over the weekend about the move … and he’s stoked for the fresh start. “It’s great!,” JW tells us. “I love it here! Everybody’s been very receiving and excited for me, so I just continue to try and get healthy and make an impact.”