Leonard’s contract will pay him roughly $9 million this season, with next season being a team option — just like the two-year deals for Dragic and Avery Bradley. Due to the structure of their contracts, they effectively have a no-trade clause.
Goran Dragic's and Meyers Leonard's team options for 2021-22 provide them an effective no-trade clause next season… But Heat have lots of flexibility. If they exercise them, Heat can keep them or use them in trade next summer (potentially to trade match to a higher salary).— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) November 21, 2020
In a statement, Pat Riley called Leonard a “real team guy.” The center started every regular season game he appeared in last year before going completely out of the rotation in the NBA bubble, when Erik Spoelstra put Bam Adebayo at center and Jae Crowder at the four. A few weeks ago, he said he wanted a “significant role” on the team he joins.
Leonard may very well again start at center for the regular season to relieve Adebayo from playing center during the grind of the regular season. We also have to see whether Moe Harkless can fill the small-ball four role that Crowder did so admirably.