JULY 28: Bayern Munich has officially announced its deal with Winston, confirming the move in a press release. Winston said in a statement that former Wizards teammate Greg Monroe, who played for the German club in 2019/20, “spoke highly” of the organization.
Winston became an unrestricted free agent this summer after spending the last two seasons on two-way contracts with the Wizards. The 53th overall pick in the 2020 draft out of Michigan State, Winston appeared in just 29 total contests with Washington across two seasons, averaging 1.9 PPG and 0.7 APG in 4.7 minutes per game.
Winston saw more action for the Capital City Go-Go, the Wizards’ G League affiliate, though he wasn’t a starter for the team in 2021/22. In 21 regular season appearances off the bench for the Go-Go, the 24-year-old averaged 12.8 PPG and 4.8 APG on .458/.384/.889 shooting in 18.6 MPG.
The Wizards could’ve made Winston a restricted free agent by issuing him a qualifying offer, but opted not to do so. Now, he’ll head overseas to join a German team that signed another NBA/G League veteran (Freddie Gillespie) earlier this week. Bayern Munich competes in the EuroLeague in addition to Germany’s top league (Basketball Bundesliga).