F - MIA
Meyers Leonard has resigned with the Miami Heat on a two-year "nearly" $20 million deal, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
The second-year will be a team option, per the terms of the deal. Leonard started the majority of regular season games for the Heat in 2019-2020 but lost his starting job in the playoffs. He averaged 6.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game while shooting 50.9-percent from the floor. The 28-year old big man is not fantasy relevant.
Meyers Leonard did not play in Saturday's game against the Denver Nuggets based on a decision from head coach Erik Spoelstra. Spoelstra told reporters that Leonard will be in the mix moving forward, but was not included in Saturday's game.
Leonard has averaged 20 minutes a game for the Heat this season, starting in more than half of his appearances. Instead, Jae Crowder started for the Heat on Saturday scoring nine points on 3-of-4 shooting. Leonard should be involved in Miami's rotation in future games, but should be held out of all fantasy lineups until he can prove that he is in a more consistent role for the Heat.
Speaking Wednesday, Heat coach Erik Spoalstra confirmed that Meyers Leonard "is ready" to play and will join the Miami Heat in Orlando for the NBA restart.
A sprained left ankle has kept the eight-year vet on the sidelines since February 5th but it appears the NBA hiatus has allowed him the extra time he needed to heal. His return will be big for Miami as Leonard's size and ability to knock down the three-ball adds another layer to their offensive and defensive arsenal. In the 49 games before his injury, Leonard posted 6.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while shooting just under 43% from behind the arc. Look for the big-man to re-assume his starting role at center in Orlando.
Meyers Leonard will be a free agent after this season, but wants to remain with the Miami Heat.
Leonard will be a free agent after the season and feels he's in a "good place" with the Heat. “I’m in a good place here in Miami,” Leonard said on the podcast. “I really feel as though I help Jimmy [Butler] and Bam [Adebayo] in a lot of ways. I space the floor, I give them opportunities to attack driving lanes and get out in transition." The 28-year-old is recovering well from his severely sprained ankle he sustained in February. He missed 16 consecutive games before the NBA season was suspended due to the cornavirus pandemic. Leonard averaged 6.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists across 49 games in the 2019-2020 campaign.
Meyers Leonard (ankle) is recovering well from his severely sprained ankle he sustained in February, and is “feeling much, much better.”
Meyers missed 16 consecutive games before the NBA season was suspended due to the cornavirus pandemic. “Obviously I had injury there before the season was suspended. And it was bad. I think most people were aware of that,” said Leonard. The 28-year-old center should be fully recovered from his ankle injury if the NBA season were to resume. Leonard averaged 6.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists across 49 games in the 2019-2020 campaign.