March 17, 2021

Thunder Trade Trevor Ariza to Heat for Meyers Leonard, 2027 2nd-Rounder

The Thunder just can't quit future draft picks. 

On Wednesday, Oklahoma City traded Trevor Ariza to the Miami Heat for Meyers Leonard and a 2027 second-round pick, per ESPN.

Ariza has yet to play this season, but the 35-year-old can provide plus defense and floor spacing for the Heat.

The Thunder have now acquired another second-round pick after dealing Hamidou Diallo to the Pistons.

As OKC prioritizes their long-term future centered around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Co., the Thunder have to be very pleased with the haul they received from a player who hasn't stepped on the court this season.

Meyers Leonard, who is in hot water after saying a despicable anti-Semitic slur on a livestream recently, will not be joining the Thunder, according to ESPN.

If Ariza has some juice left in the tank, he can play valuable minutes on a veteran-laden Heat squad that is gearing up for another playoff run.

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