The Trail Blazers believe that last season was an anomaly and that Meyers Leonard’s best years are still ahead of him. That’s why they agreed to terms with the restricted free agent on a four-year, $41 million contract.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical first reported the deal.
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The 7-1 Leonard battled injuries and inconsistency throughout the 2015-16 campaign, 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds. He began the season in the starting lineup, but struggled to produce on a consistent basis.
Leonard suffered a dislocated shoulder in November, eventually returned and then tore his labrum in March, which required surgery that ended the season. He did not participate in the playoffs. Following surgery, he has been cleared to embark on a rehab program and expects to be ready for the start of training camp.
The Blazers made Leonard the No. 11 pick in the 2012 draft and believe that his size, shooting ability and athletic skills make him a good fit in head coach Terry Stotts’ offense.