Heat news: Justise Winslow expects to be fully recovered for next season
Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow is now participating in full-contact work after completing his six-month rehabilitation from a torn labrum and expects to be ready to go for the start of the season, per Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post.
“My shoulder is feeling great. I’m 100 percent now,” said Winslow, who is promoting the September youth clinic he will host on behalf of his family’s foundation. “Doing different contact stuff, playing with guys in 3-on-3 [games]. Playing against the other coaches and the trainers and things like that. I feel good. I’m in pretty good shape. I’m feeling lighter and eating better, so I’m excited for this upcoming season.”
Winslow’s second season in the NBA lasted just 18 games before he suffered his season-ending shoulder injury. He had been averaging 11 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.4 steals in 35 minutes per game prior to the injury.
Drafted No. 10 overall by the Heat in 2015, the 21-year-old Winslow is known for his strong defense but questionable offense. While he has shown flashes as a playmaker, his shooting remains problematic. He shot just 35.6 percent from the field and 20 percent from 3-point range last season.
Winslow will be competing for the Heat’s starting small forward role with Rodney McGruder, who unexpectedly started 65 games as an undrafted rookie last season in Winslow’s absence.