Meyers Leonard’s behavior was so racist that a 74 percent white Oklahoma team is cutting him off
Well, we all had the feeling that the day was approaching. The Heat and probably the entire NBA are done with Meyers Leonard, at least for now.
Earlier this month, Leonard used an anti-Semitic slur while streaming a video game on Twitch, and has since been fined $ 50,000 from the league and suspended by the team for a week.
Now, Leonard has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Trevor Ariza and a 2027 second-round pick according to ESPN. It was also reported that the Thunder will likely part ways with Leonard once the trade takes place.
Leonard will be the most notable name in the deal due to his recent actions and the implications surrounding his career, but there are some other notable statistics that this trade brings as well.
First, for the Thunder, this gives the organization 19 first-round picks or pick exchanges and 16 second-round picks in the next seven draws, according to StatMuse. Read it again. Go ahead, I’ll wait. 35 selections / swaps over seven years. More than a full round. More than two complete lists. Yes.
Shai Gilgeous Alexander is a rising star in the league and the Thunder have always shown that they can recruit exceptionally well. If they can keep getting Gilgeous-Alexander help from the youth, OKC could be on the rise.
The other interesting fact is that this exchange makes Trevor Ariza the most exchanged player in NBA history. Yes! The versatile winger and three-point shooter has now been traded 11 times during his 15-year career. It is always interesting for players who exchange a lot. It means that a team definitely wanted or needed you, but it also means that a team wanted or needed to get rid of you.
I just hope that Ariza has accumulated frequent flyer miles.
However, Leonard will fight his way back to the league after this trade and Ariza will be able to immediately help a championship hopeful take the next step.