Center Meyers Leonard might still be able to play a few more games in a Miami Heat uniform before he’s forced to make a free agent decision this upcoming offseason — whenever that is.
Even though the 2019-20 NBA season has been suspended since March 11 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s hope around the league that it can be completed in the coming months with the Heat’s AmericanAirlines Arena practice facility reopening to players Wednesday for voluntary individual workouts. But once the season is over, Leonard’s important offseason will just be getting started.
After eight NBA seasons, Leonard, 28, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason. And the 7-footer continues to indicate the Heat will be near the top of his free agent wish list, with his latest comments coming during a recent appearance on The Oregonian columnist John Canzano’s podcast.
“I’m in a good place here in Miami,” Leonard said on the podcast. “I really feel as though I help Jimmy [Butler] and Bam [Adebayo] in a lot of ways. I space the floor, I give them opportunities to attack driving lanes and get out in transition. Again, I don’t mind taking the physical demand. I don’t mind boxing out every single time. If the ball comes to me, fine. If we get it, that’s great and that’s what I want.”