The return will have to wait.
Former Trail Blazer and Heat center Meyers Leonard will not travel on Miami's upcoming five-game West Coast road trip due to an ankle injury sustained Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers, according to head coach Eric Spoelstra.
Erik Spoelstra said Meyers Leonard will not join the Heat on its five-game West Coast trip because of his ankle injury. Tyler Herro currently in walking boot at shootaround at UCLA.— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) February 5, 2020
The injury will keep Leonard out for weeks.
Among the stops on the five-game road trip was going to be Leonard's return to Portland, the city he spent seven seasons with after being selected 11th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Trail Blazers.
Coincidentally, Leonard is not the first returning Trail Blazer to not suit up in their return to Portland: Al-Farouq Aminu, Evan Turner, and Jake Layman also were injured when their teams played in Portland. Only Seth Curry from last season's team has actually played against Portland at the Moda Center.
His career in Portland was up-and-down, from looking promising enough to warrant a 4-year, $41 million contract to getting DNP- Coach's Decision's while on that contract. He went out on a high starting in the Western Conference Finals and scoring 30 points, 25 in the first half, against the Golden State Warriors in a season-ending Game 4 loss in Portland. Where the same crowd that booed Leonard chanted his name in the biggest game of his life.
Then, in the offseason, Leonard was traded to Miami in the trade that netted the Blazers starting center Hassan Whiteside. The Heat needed to shed salary to sign-and-trade for Jimmy Butler.
In Miami, Leonard has found a new home starting in all 49 games he's appeared in and averaging 6.1 points and 5.1 rebounds. His three-point shooting has translated to South Beach, 37.9%.
Earlier this season, Leonard did get to play his former team in South Beach, with the Heat defeated the Blazers 122-111.
Different jersey, same family. 🙏🏼❤️🔨 pic.twitter.com/PqdZcq4OQN— Meyers Leonard (@MeyersLeonard) January 6, 2020