Meyers Leonard resigns with Miami Heat, leaves some feeling déjà vu


Former Trail Blazers big man Meyers Leonard has found a home in South Beach.

The deal starts at roughly $9M a year, per Reynolds. 

Leonard was dealt by the Trail Blazers to the Heat during the 2019 offseason in exchange for Hassan Whiteside. 

The Robinson, Illinois native played in 54 games last season, which includes the postseason, starting 49 regular season games and one game in the NBA Finals. 

The 7-footer averaged 6.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists last season with the Eastern Conference champions. 

He suffered a brutal ankle injury in February that kept him sidelined for months, but was able to play during the NBA's summer restart. 

The former Blazers big man made headlines recently when he and his wife Elle traveled across the country in a Coors Light Bus.

The Heat have a plethora of big men, which includes All-Star center Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk, who earlier this week opted into the final season on his Heat contract. They also drafted first-round pick Precious Achiuwa 20th overall. 

Leonard's signing is a bit of déjà vu. In 2016, Leonard signed a four-year, $40M deal with the Trail Blazers, which was an unpopular move among some fans back then. Commanding roughly the same amount of money with the Heat has some people scratching their heads, but this time in Miami.





Nevertheless, Leonard has proven to be a tremendous teammate and role player and remains in the league for a reason.