The Lakers reached out to Myers Leonard, who was expelled.
Local media ‘The Athletic’ reporter Shams Karania revealed on the 13th (Korean time), “LA Lakers will have a workout with Leonard on the 14th.”
Leonard made racist comments about Jews in a personal streaming broadcast in March 2021. Leonard, who was suspended from participating, apologized and showed a self-reflection attitude by serving the Jewish community.
Leonard’s last game was in January 2021. Leonard later underwent shoulder and ankle surgery. After the 2020-2021 season, he became a free agent, but failed to save the team, and his anti-Semitic remarks were cited as the biggest reason.
This was a hot topic in the United States, and Leonard received a lot of criticism. Leonard is a player who is used as a backup, not a main player. He doesn’t have to get caught up in the controversy by signing a non-core backup big man for an NBA team. This is why Leonard couldn’t find a team for two seasons.
Leonard was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 11th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He was expected to be a 213cm tall 3-point center, but his performance in Portland was minimal. Leonard, who moved to Miami Heat after being traded for Hassan Whiteside in the 2019-2020 season, played an active role as a partner under the goal with Bam Adebayo, but this was also short-lived. He was knocked out by Jay Crowder, who joined him at the trade deadline, and was reduced to a garbage member. 슬롯사이트
What is the reason for the Lakers to workout with Leonard, who is not very talented and is even controversial? Because it is so urgent. The Lakers are key and their starting center Anthony Davis has been missing for a long time. There was no more room for the already thin power. The Lakers plan to use Davis as a power forward in the future. This is why the big man desperately wants to be reinforced.
Apart from Leonard’s skills and controversy, there are elements that can be viewed positively if they form a combination. Leonard likes to fight and spends less time on the ball on offense. It’s a resource that can do the dirty work by Davis’ side. Will Leonard, who has been off the court for two years due to anti-Semitic remarks, be able to return to the court?