Meyers Leonard Talks Upcoming Free Agency

Heading into free agency, big man Meyers Leonard is focused less on the money and more on the opportunity, Ira Winderman of the Sun-Sentinel writes.

Leonard, 28, started 49 of 51 regular-season games for Miami before the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered play. Once the season resumed inside the Orlando campus, Leonard’s playing time became all but non-existent as head coach Erik Spoelstra elected to use a smaller lineup.

The four-year, $41MM deal Leonard signed with Portland in 2016 concluded after his lone season in Miami. Now the opportunity to compete for a championship — just like the Heat did in Orlando this year — is the goal.

“Now, it’s not even about the money or the one year for me,” Leonard said. “I know going into free agency, what I want is to compete in the playoffs and to compete for a championship, and I want to have a significant impact.

“Whether it’s starting or coming off the bench, I’m thinking 20 to 25 minutes. I feel that I’ve shown people, no question about it, that I can be impactful on both sides of the ball every single night, and that I certainly do bring value.”

In 444 career games, Leonard has averages of 5.6 PPG and 3.9 RPG as a primary bench piece. And while he suggested he may be open to a new opportunity, he made sure to mention his affinity for the Heat.

“What I do know is I truly love winning and I really loved being part of this quote, unquote Heat culture, I really did,” he said.

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14 thoughts on “Meyers Leonard Talks Upcoming Free Agency

  1. Sillivan

    Clippers and Warriors are Interested in Leonard

    Lakers have decided to give 5.7 million to Howard. Lakers have no MLE to offer him
    Lakers will let Rondo and Morris walk too

    • KnickerbockerAl

      Lakers have not signed Howard lol. Only you have decided that. And we are all happy for you sillyman.

      Truth is there is a market out there for Howard. So it makes sense he will test it. Most Lakers can pay him is 3.1 mill as unrestricted FA. Or give him that 5.7 ME. Which They will not do for a C who played 18.9 mins a gm. I’m sure you ask Laker GM Bron. He’d rather keep Rondo than Howard.

  2. Strike Four

    He’s a perfect match for one of the Warriors smaller trade exemptions and they need bigs.

      • I would think so as well.. on paper. But I don’t think this guy will get the minutes on the Warriors. They’ll Shuffle in Looney and Marquese Chriss into the 5 Spot and then Leonard also ? That position will be shared amongst green as well with the small ball lineup. I don’t see Leonard finding the Warriors an attractive situation at all.

  3. Ironmonger835

    This guy isn’t very good at all. It makes no sense. He has the size, skill and athleticism but he just doesn’t do anything when he plays.

    • Sillivan

      You are right
      Blazers and Heat are not able to pass the ball
      to him
      He needs ball to be effective

    • Lionel Muggeridge

      He is effective when he gets a chance and the coaches have confidence in him. Coach Spo missed a trick not playing him more in the finals with his shooting and size

  4. KnickerbockerAl

    Leonard is not going to get 10 mill. At 20-25 mins he’s a bench big. He’s still young so he could get 3-5 mill. He can shoot so he can help as a center. I would never pay a bench player more than 5 mill. Who is my backup center.

  5. specialfriedrice

    It’s sad when a ‘big guy’ says…look I’m hoping to settle for a little bit of money and hopefully 20 mins a game…I would have never thought that you could have grown too tall to play ball…

  6. formerlyz

    he techincally was a plus this year, and shot the ball well, and was a good teammate, and a definite significantly better feeling to watch play than Hassan Whiteside, but his spot is 1 in which the Heat could use an upgrade at the 4 or the 5. There are a couple of teams I think could be interested in him, so I’m not saying he wouldnt be a fit on the Heat, but he is a little redundant for them when they have other areas they can upgrade…Maybe if they move Olynyk, but he wouldnt get much of a1 year deal in that scenario…

    • formerlyz

      obviously he provides spacing for the Heat and whoever he ends up with, so that also goes beyond the numbers

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