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Report: Heat big Meyers Leonard out rest of season with shoulder surgery

Heat big Meyers Leonard

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 09: Meyers Leonard #0 of the Miami Heat warms up before the game against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on January 9, 2021 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

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Heat big Meyers Leonard has oscillated between starting and falling out of the rotation entirely the last two years.

Now, he’ll be sidelined for the rest of the season.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

The Heat have other bigs to play with Bam Adebayo – Kelly Olynyk (who provides a stretch element somewhat similar to Leonard) and Precious Achiuwa. Miami can also play smaller lineups with only big.

Last offseason, the Heat re-signed Leonard to a $9.4 million salary (with a $10,152,000 team option for next season) presumably so he could be a trade chip. He still provides that.

Amid coronavirus issues, Miami is just 7-13 and 13th in the Eastern Conference. Jimmy Butler returning obviously helps. But the Heat fell into a significant hole.

Trading Leonard’s neutral-value contract for a more-helpful immediate contributor could be part of the path out.