Report: Meyers Leonard returning to Trail Blazers on 4-year deal
Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, and Dwight Howard may be off the board, but NBA free agency isn’t over yet. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, center Meyers Leonard has agreed to a 4-year, $41 million deal to stay with the Portland Trail Blazers.
The 7-1 center has played four years in the league thus far, all for the Oregon franchise. Last season, Leonard posted career-high marks in points (8.4), rebounds (5.1), and assists (1.5) while playing 21.9 minutes per game, also a career high.
Leonard was forced to miss the end of the 2015-16 season when sidelined with a shoulder injury that required surgery, which he had in early April. Because of the injury, Leonard was not part of the Blazers’ 2016 playoff run which saw the team beat the Clippers in the opening round of the playoffs before falling to the Warriors in the Western Conference Semifinals. In the five playoff games the big man appeared in during the 2015 playoffs, he provided 7.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
Assuming his recovery goes smoothly, the Trail Blazers should have a capable backup center for years to come. However, the depth chart for big men is relatively busy for Portland with Mason Plumlee, veteran Chris Kaman, and recently signed Festus Ezeli.
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