Meyers Leonard’s wife, Elle, published a blog post earlier this week discussing her husband’s trade from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Miami Heat. The Blazers selected Leonard with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, and he played for Portland for the next seven seasons.
In the post, Elle reveals that Meyers felt the trade on a “deeper, more personal level.”
We all know the coined break-up line, “It’s not you, it’s me.” In a trade situation, it feels like the opposite. “It’s not me, it’s you.” Naturally, you tend to focus on why it didn’t work in the last relationship before you can even realize how beautiful the next one will be.
When Elle learned about the trade, “my body lost feeling.” She said that Meyers was in the middle of an off-season workout when news broke about the trade. His trainer paused the drill and told him to call his agent, Elle said.
Elle also discusses Meyers’ struggles with severe depression and anxiety during the 2016-17 season. It was then that she stopped going to Blazers games. “Each game, it was like I had a front-row seat to watch my husband’s pain on public display,” she writes.
Because “Meyers is the kind of guy that needs positivity and affirmation,” Elle cued up Will Smith’s song “Miami” before Meyers returned home from his workout. That last tidbit was reported by Miami-based journalists.
Zo, in chance encounter, told Meyers Leonard he's excited to get him down to Miami. Riley calls him "a versatile big, great shooter.".... Leonard wife had Will Smith's "welcome to Miami" blaring when he got home— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) July 6, 2019