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Meyers Leonard traded to Oklahoma City Thunder for Trevor Ariza

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Two former Portland Trail Blazers are now being traded for one another.

According to multiple reports, the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded veteran wing Trevor Ariza to the Miami Heat for big man Meyers Leonard and a draft pick. The deal is expected to be done by the end of the day.

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It was back on March 9, when the Heat announced that Leonard would be away from the team indefinitely following the 29-year-old’s use of an anti-Semitic slur while live streaming a video game on Twitch. 

The league then fined Leonard $50,000 and he was also suspended from team activities for one week.

Leonard only played in three games this season after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. 

 

3:10p.m. PST Update: Leonard will not be reporting to Oklahoma City, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. 

As for Ariza, Trail Blazers fans were sad to see him not play in the Orlando Bubble after he opted out of the restart to instead spend time with his son due to a custody case.  

Ariza was acquired by the Thunder in the offseason as a part of the three-team trade between Oklahoma City, Detroit and Dallas.

However, Ariza never put a Thunder uniform on. He has not played in a game this season. His last time out on the court was on March 10, 2020 when the Trail Blazers hosted the Phoenix Suns. 

The Heat are eager to get Ariza on the floor.