Meyers Leonard’s season is over.
The Miami Heat center is set to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Tuesday.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 2, 2021
Leonard has been out for nearly a month with a left shoulder strain and made it into just three games this season. He had been with the team for most of that time, but stepped away Monday to see specialists.
The 28-year-old averaged 6.1 points and 5.1 rebounds with the Heat last season, his first with the team after spending his first seven seasons in the league with the Portland Trail Blazers. He missed their last 16 games before the league suspended play due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March with a sprained ankle, and then only played in three games during Miami’s run to the NBA Finals at Walt Disney World.
Leonard then signed a one-year, $9.4 million deal with the Heat this offseason, which includes a team option for next season.
“It’s just unfortunate to go through that. We all have his back,” Heat guard Tyler Herro said Tuesday, via The Miami Herald. “So whatever Meyers needs, he’s one of the best teammates I’ve ever had. … When he steps into a room or a locker room, he’s always heard and he’s always preaching the right thing.”
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