The Miami Heat have reached an agreement to trade center Meyers Leonard and a second-round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward Trevor Ariza, a person with knowledge told USA TODAY Sports.
The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until the trade is official. The deal is contingent on Leonard waiving his no-trade clause.
Leonard, who is out for the season recovering from shoulder surgery, became available in a trade right after he made an anti-Semitic slur while playing a video game on Twitch on March 8.
The NBA fined Leonard $50,000 and suspended him from team activities and facilities for one week.
“Meyers Leonard’s comment was inexcusable and hurtful, and such an offensive term has no place in the NBA or in our society,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “Yesterday, he spoke to representatives of the Anti-Defamation League to better understand the impact of his words and we accept that he is genuinely remorseful. We have further communicated to Meyers that derogatory comments like this will not be tolerated and that he will be expected to uphold the core values of our league – equality, tolerance, inclusion and respect – at all times moving forward.”
Miami Heat forward Meyers Leonard, center, greets his teammates before a game.
The Heat issued a strongly worded statement that indicated Leonard no longer had a place with the franchise.
“The words used by Meyers Leonard were wrong, and we will not tolerate hateful language from anyone associated with our franchise. To hear it from a Miami Heat player is especially disappointing and hurtful to all those who work here, as well as the larger South Florida, Miami Heat and NBA communities.”
Leonard apologized in an Instagram post.
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The Heat are playing their best basketball of the season and are looking to improve their roster before next week’s trade deadline. Ariza gives them a veteran who should fit in with Miami, given his commitment to defense and ability to shoot 3-pointers.
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