Indiana Pacers: Must-sign free agent targets from every West playoff team

Justise Winslow - Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
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Justise Winslow, Indiana Pacers
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Indiana Pacers free agent target: Justise Winslow, Memphis Grizzlies

After impressing early as the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft for the Miami Heat, 25-year-old Justise Winslow has been on some sort of a downward spiral the past two seasons, mostly due to injuries, which then led to him being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in early 2020. In fact, he’s only played 37 games in the previous two campaigns, including this season.

Luckily, Winslow was able to return to the court for the upstart Grizzlies this season, though his lengthy layoff certainly showed in his game. Playing in a career-low 19.5 minutes per game, the 6’6 point forward is averaging his lowest scoring tally since his rookie season on a subpar 35.6 percent shooting from the floor, including a paltry 18.5 percent clip on triples.

However, it must be noted that he’s operating in a limited role in Memphis behind Kyle Anderson and Brandon Clarke. While his scoring leaves a lot to be desired, the defining areas of his game, such as his court vision, perimeter defense and rebounding, are still intact. And with Doug McDermott certainly having a bunch of suitors, the Indiana Pacers could pursue Winslow as an affordable yet intriguing bench piece if the Grizzlies don’t pick up their team option.