ESPN: Thunder Trade Forward Trevor Ariza To Miami For Meyers Leonard, Draft Pick


Wednesday, March 17th 2021, 2:44 pm
By: Nate Kotisso


OKLAHOMA CITY -

The Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly have a trade in the works that would net the franchise another future draft pick.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, OKC is trading forward Trevor Ariza to the Miami Heat in exchange for forward Meyers Leonard and a 2027 second-round draft pick.

Ariza has not suited up for the Thunder this season, but he had been on the roster since he was acquired from the Detroit Pistons, along with forward Justin Jackson, a 2023 second-round draft pick and a 2026 second-round pick, last Nov. 27.

The 35-year-old Ariza elected to not be with the team this season and instead bided his time long enough to be dealt to a championship contender. The Heat, who played in last season's NBA Finals and are currently the fourth-seed in the Eastern Conference, appear to meet Ariza's criteria. Ariza, who has averaged 10.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in his 16-year career, has been included in five different NBA trades since Jan. 21, 2020.

Leonard, who had season-ending shoulder surgery in February, isn't expected to remain with the Thunder, according to ESPN sources.

The 2027 second-round draft pick is the second new acquired selection in less than a week. OKC obtained the rights to another 2027 second-round draft pick when it traded reserve guard Hamidou Diallo to Detroit for guard Svi Mykhailiuk and the Pistons' pick last Friday.

Leonard was recently suspended and fined $50,000 by the NBA when he uttered an anti-Semitic slur during an online gaming livestream.

According to tradenba.com, Oklahoma City currently has the draft rights of up to 35 draft picks between the 2021 and 2027 NBA Drafts.