Ira Winderman: Heat reunion comes at awkward time for languishing Lakers

LEONARD SPEAKS: Former Heat center Meyers Leonard said it is his recovery from injuries, and not the reaction to an anti-Semitic slur, that he believes has him out of the NBA. He told the Chicago Tribune that shoulder and ankle issues have kept him out of the game, but a desire to return remains. “As everybody in the room knows, there’s plenty of NBA teams who want me and that I could be playing for right now, but I’m just not healthy enough,” Leonard, 29, said. “Did the incident help my case? No. But this time to heal? Yes.” Suspended a week and fined $50,000 by the NBA for the comment made while livestreaming video-game play, Leonard was traded by the Heat to the Oklahoma City Thunder last March for Trevor Ariza, and has been out of the league since. And, yes, Heat hope remains. “I would be ecstatic if I could play for the Miami Heat again,” he said. “I fell in love with that place, I really did. My wife and I love it there. There’s something about the culture there that’s just me.”

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