Miami Heat Trade Meyers Leonard to OKC

Miami Heat Trade Meyers Leonard to OKC
Miami Heat Trade Meyers Leonard to OKC

With just over a week before the deadline, the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder have come to an agreement on a trade.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Heat sent Meyers Leonard and a 2027 second round pick to the Thunder in exchange for Trevor Ariza. The two teams were in talks about a deal involving Ariza for the last few days and were finally able to get something done. Leonard is also expected to not stay on with the Thunder after the completion of the trade, as agreed to waive the no-trade clause included in the remainder of his contract. This is because of the one-year Bird restriction on his deal.

Ariza hasn’t played in the league for about a year now. He opted out of playing in the NBA bubble last year and was acquired by the Thunder in a three team trade during the offseason. He is going into his 17th season in the league but had opted to spend time with his young son as opposed to going into the bubble where he would’ve been away from his family.

Leonard was recently suspended for being involved in a controversial incident. He had been heard using an anti-Semetic slur on a video game live stream over a week ago and was promptly fined $50,000 by the league and suspended for a week from all team activities. The Heat released a statement about the issue:

“The Miami Heat vehemently condemns the use of any form of hate speech,” the team statement said. “The words used by Meyers Leonard were wrong and we will not tolerate hateful language from anyone associated with our franchise. To hear it from a Miami Heat player is especially disappointing and hurtful to all those who work here, as well as the larger South Florida, Miami Heat and NBA communities.”

Leonard has been out for the season after obtaining a season ending shoulder injury in January. He only played in three games and averaged 3 points and 2 rebounds. Since his offensive remark he has been working with the Jewish community in South Florida according to sources and training in the area.