Meyers Leonard to Thunder, but won’t join team
The Miami Heat are parting ways with Meyers Leonard. The team pulled off a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday that sent Leonard to Oklahoma City in exchange for Trevor Ariza, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
ESPN Sources: Oklahoma City is finalizing a trade to send Trevor Ariza to the Miami Heat for Meyers Leonard and a 2027 second-round pick. Leonard must still waive his no-trade clause because of the one-year Bird restriction on his deal, which he’s expected to do for Miami.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 17, 2021
Leonard will reportedly approve the deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Leonard has been away from the Heat since he made an anti-Semitic remark on Twitch. The Heat released a statement saying Leonard would be away from the team indefinitely following the incident. Leonard’s coaches and teammates condemned Leonard’s language. Leonard released a statement saying he did not know the meaning of the word.
Meyers Leonard will not join Thunder
While the Thunder technically acquired Leonard, he won’t play for the team.
Oklahoma City and Miami officially announce the Trevor Ariza-Meyers Leonard trade. OKC: “Leonard will not be reporting to Oklahoma City and will not be an active member of the organization.”
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 17, 2021
In a statement, the Thunder said Leonard “will not be reporting to Oklahoma City and will not be an active member of the organization.”
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