Trail Blazers big man Meyers Leonard requires surgery on his injured left shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season as a result, Chris Mannix of The Vertical reports (via Twitter). Leonard has missed the team’s past four games after dislocating the shoulder during a contest against the Thunder on March 10th. It’s the second time he’s suffered the ailment this season, so he sought a second opinion this week, which confirmed the need for surgery, Joe Freeman of The Oregonian relays. The surgery is scheduled for April 8th and a timeline for Leonard’s return will be established once the procedure is completed, Freeman adds.
Leonard, who is eligible to become a restricted free agent at season’s end if Portland extends him a qualifying offer worth $4,210,880, appeared in 61 games this season, including 10 as a starter. The power forward’s averages on the campaign are 8.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 21.9 minutes per outing. His slash line is .448/.377/.761.
Portland currently has 15 players on its roster, which is the regular season maximum, so the team won’t be able to add another player unless someone is waived. The Blazers aren’t eligible to apply for an extra spot via the hardship provision since Leonard is the only player on the team who is injured and scheduled to miss time.