Meyers Leonard is gearing up for another shot in the NBA after spending nearly two years away from the league.
According to ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the veteran big man is set to sign a 10-day contract with the Milwaukee Bucks. Leonard hasn’t played in the NBA since January 9, 2021, when he suited up for the Miami Heat.
The Heat released Leonard after he was heard using an anti-Semitic slur in footage of a video game live stream that surfaced on March 9 that year. Leonard wouldn’t have played again that season in any case as he had surgery on his shoulder. He also had an operation on his ankle shortly after which revealed nerve damage in his right leg.
Leonard has had an interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap ahead of his return to the NBA in which he insists there’s absolutely no hate in his body while acknowledging he made a terrible mistake.
“I feel like I’m living in a bad dream,” he said. “There’s not a hateful cell in my body. And I know that I made a huge, huge mistake.”
Leonard also worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers recently. In 447 games since getting drafted out of the first round by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2010, he has recorded averages of 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest.
The 30-year-old also notably refused to join his Heat teammates in taking a knee during the national anthem when the protests surrounding the George Floyd murder were rife around the league in 2020.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.