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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Justise Winslows position with the Miami Heat has finally been clarified. Nike Free Rn Distance 2 Blue .Hes their small forward.That is, unless hes playing power forward.Or shooting guard. Or defending the oppositions point guard. Or playing at center, as he did at times out of necessity in last seasons Eastern Conference semifinal series against Toronto.In Heat vernacular, the second-year player out of Duke is a Swiss Army knife, a jack-of-all-trades whose role is fast increasing. Not only will Winslow be called upon to play multiple positions, hes also being asked to take more of a leadership role now for a team that -- without Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh -- is rebuilding on the fly this season.Thats what I want, Winslow said Wednesday. Thats what Ive been working for my whole life, to make it to the NBA -- not only that, but to be a star and have my own team one day. This is the next step in me progressing and getting there, expanding my role and growing as a leader. And I accept whatever the coaching staff throws at me.Winslow was one of the last players to leave the court after Wednesdays morning practice, a full-contact session that had players diving on floors and crashing into one another throughout. And after it was over, Winslow spent a good half-hour working on his shot.The oldest Heat player is taking notice of the extra work the youngest Heat player is doing.Hes going to play a little bit of everything, said 36-year-old Heat forward Udonis Haslem. Just be Justise Winslow. Be that Swiss Army knife we need. One night it might be 10 rebounds. Another night it might be seven assists. Another night it might be 15 to 20 points. Just be Justise Winslow. He has the ability to do all those things and he has a high-enough basketball IQ where he knows when he needs to be aggressive, make plays and do other things.Winslow, who would be going into his junior year at Duke if he wasnt in the NBA right now, isnt just Miamis youngest player -- he holds that distinction by a lot.Hes 20; next on the Heat age lists are 23-year-olds Briante Weber, Stefan Jankovic and Josh Richardson.He was quiet, Haslem said. But he fit in right away.Winslow was the fifth-youngest player to get time in the NBA last season, older than only Tyus Jones, Stanley Johnson, Rashad Vaughn and Devin Booker. And more than half of the 60 players to get taken in this years draft are older than Winslow as well.He doesnt have to listen to anybody elses expectations, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. Theres so many things out there about who he needs to be or what position he needs to play, how many more points a game he has to score this year. Hes going to get more minutes, more responsibilities. I want him to embrace that in a healthy way and not try to live up to anything coming from the outside.That doesnt mean there arent things Winslow wants to emulate.Wades departure over the summer hit Winslow hard. They bonded quickly, forged by Wade realizing that Winslow was willing to learn anything and everything he could from the three-time NBA champion wanted to teach. Winslow would spend time chatting up Bosh about nuances of the big-man game; their lockers were side-by-side last season.And this summer, Winslow was part of the group invited by USA Basketball the U.S. Olympic team and help them prepare for what became a gold medal at the Rio Games.Seeing all those guys come together and not really care about stats before the gold medal, thats the kind of mindset we have to have as a team, Winslow said. Cheap Nike Free 5.0 Womens . After taking two big hits this week -- losing at home and dropping back-to-back games for the first time all season -- Indiana struck back by playing its most complete game of the year. Nike Free 3.0 Flyknit Sale .com) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to halt their longest losing streak of the season when they host the struggling New York Islanders in tonights clash at the Bell Centre. http:///...x-97-undefeated.html . Manuel was offered a position the day he was fired. He accepted earlier this week and the team made the announcement Friday. NEW ORLEANS -- Al-Farouq Aminu has agreed to a 1-year extension with the New Orleans Pelicans, a person familiar with the situation said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because NBA rules prevent the deal from becoming official until July 10. On his Twitter page, Aminu posted the message: "Excited to be back in NOLA." The extension was first reported by the Times-Picayune, which said the deal was for $3.7 million. The 6-foot-9 Aminu, heading into his fourth NBA season, started 71 games last year, playing mostly at small forward. He averaged career highs of 7.3 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, with season-highs of 20 rebounds against Dallas on April 17 and 18 points against Boston on Jan. 16. Aminu was drafted eighth overall out of Wake Forest in 2010 by the Los Angeles Clippers. He came to New Orleans as part of a 2011 trade that sent Chris Paul to the Clippers, and which also brought shooting guard Eric Gordon to the Pelicans, who were then called the Hornets. Aminus first chance to start regularly came last season, and coach Montty Williams spoke highly of Aminus rebounding and all-around athletic ability. Nike Free Rn Motion Flyknit Black. But Aminu was unable to demonstrate that he could provide consistent scoring from the wing position, and the Hornets went into this off-season with both Williams and general manager Dell Demps acknowledging that the club was looking to acquire another small forward. A recent trade reported by multiple outlets including AP will bring Tyreke Evans to New Orleans once its official should help the Pelicans in that area when matchups allow. However, the 6-6 Evans appears more suited to playing shooting guard and would likely have a height disadvantage if forced to play heavy minutes on the wing. Demps said during the NBA draft that he expected to be very active in free-agency. His next moves could include not only the acquisition of another wing player, but also a centre. Robin Lopez, who started at centre for New Orleans last season, was sent to Portland as part of the three-team deal involving Evans that was agreed upon on Thursday -- and also sent guard Greivis Vasquez to Sacramento. 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