Miami Warmth huge Meyers Leonard has been within the NBA highlight for all of the incorrect causes recently, following his use of an unpleasant slur on his Twitch stream per week in the past. He was fined $50,000, which is the utmost he will be fined with out risking intervention from the NBPA, and he was suspended from the group, which is toothless as a result of he’s out for the season with a shoulder damage.
It was an unimpressive sequence of disciplinary steps contemplating it’s actually the least the Warmth might do in response to his actions, however they took one other step to totally disassociate from him by buying and selling him away to the OKC Thunder on Tuesday afternoon.
On the spot reactions to Meyers Leonard, Trevor Ariza pre-NBA commerce deadline swap
The Warmth shipped Leonard and a 2027 second-round choose to the Thunder in trade for Trevor Ariza, who might in reality be a helpful a part of the puzzle for them going ahead because the NBA playoffs close to.
With this transfer within the books, we’ll break it down with our prompt reactions.
The Warmth get to totally reduce ties and add expertise
One factor was sure the second Leonard uttered his slur; he would by no means be welcome again within the Warmth locker room. Buying and selling him away ensures there’s no means that may be screwed up, or that he can earn his means again into their good graces. It’s a great transfer optically (insofar as there will be any good optical strikes right here) and for the group, it’s probably a aid to be parted as soon as and for all from Leonard.
As well as, the Warmth get a 3-and-D veteran in Ariza who might add worth within the playoffs. If he doesn’t, no hurt, no foul; Ariza’s $12.8 million contract expires on the finish of this season.
Meyers Leonard won’t ever play for the OKC Thunder
Make no mistake, the Thunder didn’t commerce for Leonard so as to add his expertise to their squad. They needed that 2027 second-round choose, and maybe had been keen to do the Warmth a favor in ridding them of Leonard. He’s out for the remainder of the season, and his $10.15 million 2021-22 wage is within the type of a group possibility.
The Thunder will decline his possibility and he’ll develop into a free agent. If an NBA group desires to select him up after that, they’ll go proper forward and go for it, however the Warmth and Thunder could have endlessly washed their palms of him.
The Thunder turned nothing into a little bit little bit of one thing
Trevor Ariza bounced across the NBA this previous offseason and almost definitely by no means even needed to change addresses. He was traded from the Portland Path Blazers to the Houston Rockets, to the Detroit Pistons, to the OKC Thunder in fast succession. For the reason that Thunder had little interest in contending, they didn’t want Ariza round and allowed him to steer clear of the group.
He had worth to the Thunder in that his contract expires on the finish of the season, however selecting up a 2027 second-round choose isn’t precisely nothing. It’s shut, however not fairly, and at worst will be added to their large stockpile of draft belongings to be flipped for one thing later.
It’s a great little bit of enterprise for each basic supervisor Sam Presti of the Thunder and president of basketball operations Pat Riley for the Warmth.