NBA Rumor: Justise Winslow Trade?

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The Miami Heat are willing to part with Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow as centerpieces for an Irving trade, league sources said. With the Cleveland-Miami history, there’s little chance for a deal unless the Heat offered an overwhelming package. Gilbert may have unwittingly thrust pressure onto Altman in a Wednesday news conference, declaring “Indiana could’ve done better” in its trade package for Paul George. The Cavaliers have more leverage in a deal because Irving has two years on his contract to George’s one.

There’s no shot at Boston getting its hands on Winslow anytime in the near future. But the fact that their interest even now remains strong, could potentially come into play down the road. Winslow says facing the Celtics today is a big game because of its potential impact on the Eastern Conference standings. “This game pretty much counts as double,” Winslow told CSNNE.com. “It’s going to be close down the stretch with these teams. This game definitely counts a little bit more.”

And as far as Boston’s interest in him on draft night, while flattered, Winslow said it doesn’t add any additional signficance whenever he sees the Celtics. “It doesn’t mean anything until possibly being a free agent or anything,” Winslow said. “It’s just business, just like it is with the other 28 NBA teams.” Winslow was selected by the Heat with the 10th overall pick in last June’s NBA draft. The Celtics were offering multiple draft picks to the Charlotte Hornets who were on the clock at No. 9.

According to several sources, the club is holding out for a hero to shake loose from another roster, while also looking for the next partially hidden gem (think Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas). It’s already been reported here that the Celts rang the Clippers’ doorbell to see if Blake Griffin could come out and play for them, and sources say the C’s were one of a number of teams that sought to do business with the Heat in the wake of more blood clot issues for Chris Bosh. But, no, Miami isn’t giving up Justise Winslow.
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