Former center for the Miami Heat, Meyers Leonard, scheduled to train with the Los Angeles Lakers

January 14, 2023

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Meyers Leonard, a free agent center who spent a few years away from the NBA, will audition for a position on the Los Angeles Lakers.

When Leonard was a member of the Miami Heat in 2021, he was suspended for using an anti-Semitic slur during a live Twitch stream. From 2019 to 21, Leonard was a Heat player.

He started more games in his first season with Miami than in any other season, which is debatably the best season of his entire career. Leonard was a Heat member when they competed in the 2020 NBA Finals, but he missed out on the action because of a shoulder injury that ended his season.

Although his absence from the league was significant because of hurtful remarks, he has also had to deal with injuries. Although he had right ankle surgery in 2021, nerve damage in his leg raised the possibility that he would never play football again. Training and recovery helped Leonard recover from that harm. In a post from last August, he discussed his experience with injuries and predicted that he would “be close to 100 percent within a few months.”

The Lakers, who are still mourning the loss of their star center Anthony Davis, are now vying for Leonard’s spot. Before he hurt his right foot, Davis was on a tear. Behind Thomas Bryant, Leonard would provide size and reliable backup play for Los Angeles at 7 feet 1 inch tall.