The Heat have signed No. 10 overall pick Justise Winslow, the team announced, as Miami formally brings the Duke small forward that team president Pat Riley raved about onto the roster. Teams may officially sign first-round picks during the July Moratorium, as Miami is doing here, though most other moves must wait until Thursday, when the Moratorium is over.
Most teams hesitate to sign their first-rounders until after they’re done making free agent moves, so this news is further indication that the Heat are extreme long shots to land LaMarcus Aldridge, in spite of Riley’s meeting with the power forward Thursday. Still, the timing might just have to do with summer league, as Winslow put pen to paper before the team’s first summer league practice, notes Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald (on Twitter).
Winslow’s cap hold likely goes from slightly more than $2.068MM to nearly $2.482MM, assuming the Heat are giving him the standard 120% of the rookie scale. If that’s the case, he’ll be in line to make a total of $11,613,750 over the four-year rookie scale contract.
Winslow is a versatile player, though it’s possible he’ll end up a tweener, stuck between both forward positions, as Eddie Scarito of Hoops Rumors wrote in his prospect profile. Eddie had Winslow going at No. 5 in our final mock draft, so perhaps that positional concern played into his drop on draft night.