Meyers Leonard Dedicates Emotional Social Media Post to Portland Trail Blazers'
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After five years in Oregon, Meyers Leonard will be trading in his Portland Trail Blazers uniform for a Miami Heat jersey.

Leonard was part of the massive trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Heat in a deal that also included the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers.

Having spent his entire NBA career in Portland, Leonard penned an emotional message to the city on Twitter.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alum had modest averages of 5.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 61 games for Portland last season. But it is his three-point shooting (45 percent) that set him apart and made him an integral part of the Blazers attack.

In the playoffs last season, when the Blazers made their run to the Western Conference Finals, Leonard shot 42.4 percent from beyond the arc. In a Game 4 loss against the Golden State Warriors, he was the team’s leading scorer, outshining his more celebrated teammates Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.

That type of play in a pressure-packed situation likely caught the eye of the Heat organization, which led to the trade that has brought him to Miami.

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Omar is a freelance writer who has followed the NBA for more than 30 years. Prior to the Internet, he devoured every reading material he could find on the game from newspaper articles to books and magazines. He became a Heat fan the moment they acquired Tim Hardaway and his killer crossover, and lamented not seeing him and Alonzo Mourning win a championship. Seeing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh play in Miami was a surreal moment for him and more so after they validated the Decision with back-to-back championships. He is ecstatic to cover Miami basketball for Heat Nation.