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Report: Heat trading Meyers Leonard to Thunder for Trevor Ariza

Miami is also sending a 2027 second-round pick to OKC. Leonard is not expected to be a part of the Thunder moving forward.

Trevor Ariza of the Portland Trail Blazers warms up before the game against the Phoenix Suns at the Moda Center on March 10, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The Miami Heat are trading PF/C Meyers Leonard to the Oklahoma City Thunder for F Trevor Ariza, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday afternoon. The Heat are also sending the Thunder a 2027 second-round pick in the deal. Leonard must waive his no-trade clause in order for the deal to be finalized. Due to recent controversy and Leonard’s indefinite suspension from the Heat, he is not expected to be a part of the Thunder franchise moving forward, per Woj.

Frankly, Leonard was never going to play for the Heat again and I’d be surprised if he plays at all in the NBA again after what he said on the Twitch stream. It’s not a big deal because he wasn’t a very good basketball player. Ariza has not played in a game this season. He had been sidelined indefinitely due to personal reasons. It’s unclear if Ariza will be joining the Heat during the regular season or playoffs.

This feels a lot like the Heat just dumping Leonard on another team and getting out of the controversy. Miami is expected to make the postseason and try and get back to the NBA Finals. The Thunder, while more competitive than we thought, likely won’t be contenders or make the playoffs. Ariza is a experienced veteran who was once regarded as one of the better 3-and-D wings in the NBA. If healthy, Ariza provides some depth for the Heat. OKC adds another pick later on for nothing basically.