Video: Meyers Leonard retires his own Blazers jersey
Leonard, who was traded to the Miami Heat as part of a four-team trade for Jimmy Butler, took it to social media to show that he retired his Blazers jersey. He captioned the post “all good things must come to an end.” The 27-year-old power forward retired his own No. 11 jersey while Darude’s “Sandstorm” played on nearby speakers.
All good things come to an end. pic.twitter.com/34c8dpF6cm
— Meyers Leonard (@MeyersLeonard) July 19, 2019
The Blazers traded the 7-foot-1 Leonard to the Heat, who also acquired Butler in the process. In the convoluted deal, the Heat and Philadelphia 76ers swapped Butler for 25-year-old wing Josh Richardson. Meanwhile, Miami sent center Hassan Whiteside to the Blazers for Leonard, and Portland had to shed Maurice Harkless, who landed with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Leonard, a seven-year NBA veteran, has spent the duration of his career with the Blazers until this summer. Portland selected Leonard out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with the 11th pick in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft. He played mostly a backup and reserve role with the team, averaging 5.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 393 appearances.
Leonard went to the playoffs five times with the Blazers, starting in three of the 25 games.