Does that make sense? Not really. It would essentially be another salary dump in which the inclusion of Winslow would be the sugar and Johnson the bitter medicine. Johnson is still in Miami because the Heat matched on the Nets 2016 RFA offer sheet, providing him with $50 million over four years. But the way the deal worked, the biggest chunk of the contract —$38.4 million— gets split the last two years of his contract, next season and the season after.
Carroll, who’s having a career year, has a contract that runs out next season. He’s owed $15.6 million next season.
So the question then becomes: Is it worth trading Winslow if the Heat can also dump Johnson for a starting wing player whose deal expires this summer or the summer of 2019? And is there a team willing to take Johnson?
A strong case could be made to do that if the player is starter caliber and has only one full season left on his contract.
One option reportedly would be Brooklyn’s DeMarre Carroll, who is due $15.4 million next season while making $14.8 million this season. Remember, the Nets were the team that gave Johnson that four-year, $50 million offer sheet two summers ago. But an additional Heat piece would be needed to make a Winslow and Johnson-for-Carroll deal work within salary cap parameters.
The Heat don’t have ANY picks to offer the Nets until 2023 (first round) or 2022 (second round). So Winslow would be the sweetener. The 6’7” small forward, 10th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, is averaging 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. He’s improved his deep shooting, hitting 40 percent of his three’s but he has a history of injury, missing more than 100 games in his NBA career.
Might the Nets be talking to Miami about a deal for Carroll? Sure, it’s hard to imagine this one getting Sean Marks excited.