Coach Erik Spoelstra said Friday that Winslow (shoulder) is ahead of schedule in his recovery from season-ending surgery to repair a torn right labrum, which he underwent back in January, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports.
Winslow isn't under consideration to return later in the regular season or the playoffs in the event the Heat qualify, but it's excellent news for his long-term prospects nonetheless. The second-year forward is on track to be back at full health for the start of training camp, as he's already shed the sling on his right shoulder and was able to do some light shooting Friday.
Winslow (shoulder) recently shed his sling, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Winslow was expected to start rehab activities following the All-Star break and now that he's been able to shed his sling, it appears he's ready to ramp up his recovery. He's already been ruled out for the duration of the 2016-17 season after undergoing surgery in early January, so the Heat will likely take it slow with his rehab in order to have him as healthy as possible for next season's training camp.
Winslow (shoulder) is expected to begin rehab activities after the All-Star break, Anthony Chiang of the Palm Beach Post reports.
Winslow has already been ruled out for the rest of the season, but the 20-year-old at least seems to be progressing well as he prepares himself for the start of the 2017-18 campaign. After undergoing surgery on his torn right labrum in early January, he's closing in on the end of his six-week timetable for wearing a sling. Once he's freed of the sling, Winslow should gradually increase his activities in the coming months.
Winslow underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and has officially been ruled out for the rest of the season, Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Winslow is expected to be in a sling for six weeks, so he won't officially be able to begin any sort of rehab until mid-to-late February. That said, he's officially been ruled out for the rest of the season, meaning he'll now start the long road to recovery. The only good news for the Heat is that Winslow isn't going anywhere, as his contract is locked in already for next season. The Heat have yet to announce who they'll go with as their starter at small forward and it will likely change depending on each week's matchups. However, guys like Josh Richardson, Rodney McGruder and James Johnson figure to benefit the most.
Winslow will undergo surgery Thursday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Winslow was slated to be a big part of the Heat's game plan this season, showing some early signs of progress in his development before the injury. Barring a spectacular recovery, he's fully expected to miss the rest of the 2016-17 campaign, which is a huge blow to the Heat's already thin depth. With Winslow basically out for the year, the Heat will likely have to shift their starting lineup on a night-to-night basis depending on their matchups, with guys like Josh Richardson and Rodney McGruder potentially seeing time at the three against smaller lineups, while players like James Johnson and Luke Babbit could shift over against some of the league's bigger lineups.
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