Heat mailbag: Which players will Pat Riley think about trading? Justise Winslow’s contract situation

Pat Riley will have a lot to think about this summer when it comes to possible trades. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Time for another Miami Heat mailbag.

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From @thisisjmp: Between Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, James Johnson, and Tyler Johnson, which is the likeliest to get moved this offseason to avoid the luxury tax? How likely is it that two or more of them get traded?

First, the Heat can bring all of them back and avoid the luxury tax. But you better believe Pat Riley will be looking for a way to improve the roster and likely will make everybody available. The best way to regain cap flexibility would be to package Whiteside ($25.4 million next season) and Tyler Johnson ($19.2 million) or Dragic ($18.1 million). But Miami can least afford to lose Dragic without somehow acquiring a quality starting point guard.

But how likely? Not sure. But Riley definitely will be looking to make some moves and any among Whiteside, Tyler Johnson and James Johnson, could be moved.

From @Shadow_Knight3: Should Heat during the off-season sign Winslow to a contract extension like they done with Josh Richardson?

Justise Winslow is under contract for $3.5 million next season after the Heat exercised their four-year team option on Winslow’s rookie-scale contract in September. Now they have until Oct. 31 to decide if they want to keep Winslow by extending his contract. If they don’t offer that extension, Winslow will become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2019.

Miami can offer Winslow the a five-year max contract for a player with his service (0-6 years) because they have his Bird rights. Needless to say, Winslow is not getting anything lose to that kind money. In fact, the Heat decision will come down to what happens this offseason and what the makeup of the roster is going forward. The Richardson contract is a good barometer, but that was a no-brainer. Offering Winslow a long-term deal will take a lot more thinking.

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