Moe Harkless and Meyers Leonard are headed to South Beach and are sending Hassan Whiteside back to Rip City.
Leonard has played in a Portland Trail Blazers his entire career. He was drafted alongside Damian Lillard in the 2012 NBA Draft. After drawing boos from the home crowd earlier on in his career, Leonard’s boos turned to cheers in recent seasons. "The Hammer" is truly a player the team and the Rip City Community will miss.
Trail Blazers fans also had their moe-ments admiring "headband" Harkless. Whether it was his postseason defense or game-winner over the Lakers, his time in Portland will be remembered.
Here’s a look at how fans, media and players reacted to the trade on Twitter.
Well damn— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) July 1, 2019
Gonna miss y’all man @moe_harkless @MeyersLeonard11 . Losing some great people and teammates. Hope y’all do y’all thang in mia. I’ll be hitting y’all lines. We had a special bond with this group these last few years ✊🏾— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) July 1, 2019
Neil Olshey, Trail Blazers president of basketball operations, with some incredible moves this offseason. Adding Hassan Whiteside to the mix without giving up a core piece is masterful. Portland is a real championship contending force.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 1, 2019
Hassan Whiteside will be a huge test for the strong culture that Neil Olshey, Terry Stotts, Damian/CJ have cultivated. High upside player, but couldn't sustain flashes of greatness inside Heat organization. Became Bam Adebayo's backup when Heat needed to win most— Tom Haberstroh (@tomhaberstroh) July 1, 2019
Attention Portland birds: don’t mess with Hassan Whiteside pic.twitter.com/gfdyYeo34Q— Old Social Posts (@OldSocialPosts) July 1, 2019
Hassan Whiteside to the Blazers? Yes! Him, Lillard and CJ gonna be a problem.— Larry Jr (@larrysjr12) July 1, 2019
Sad to see my guy @MeyersLeonard11 go but know you’ll crush it in Miami!! Been a pleasure getting to know you as a friend and appreciate all the support of the brand over the years! https://t.co/LNc2vVaw7a— Portland Gear (@portlandgear) July 1, 2019
Damn. This is the worst part of the business. Thank you @MeyersLeonard11 and @moe_harkless for everything that you guys did to contribute to this team and this city. I'll be cheering for you both in Miami. #RipCity #OnceABlazerAlwaysABlazer— 🌹Rose Bowl Champs 12-2🌹 (@RealCraigT) July 1, 2019