Leuer announced Sunday via his personal Instagram account that he has retired from professional basketball. The 31-year-old noted in his post that he's contended with a number of injuries over the past three years, including two that sidelined him throughout the 2019-20 season after he was waived in July shortly after Milwaukee acquired him from Detroit. After taking some time to evaluate his future, Leuer determined it was best to step away from the game rather than attempting a comeback. He'll wrap up an eight-year NBA career with averages of 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per game over 377 regular-season appearances between the Bucks, Cavaliers, Grizzlies, Suns and Pistons.
Leuer was waived by Milwaukee on Tuesday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Leuer was acquired by the Bucks in mid-June in a trade that sent Tony Snell and the 30th pick of the 2019 NBA Draft to the Pistons, but he never received an opportunity to take the court with Milwaukee. Leuer averaged 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds over 41 games a season ago with Detroit.
The Bucks acquired Leuer from the Pistons on Wednesday in exchange for Tony Snell and the No. 30 overall pick in Thursday's draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Leuer struggled to stay healthy during his last two seasons in Detroit and effectively fell out of the rotation when he was available in 2018-19, averaging just 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per contest. His path to playing time will likely become more difficult as he heads to a deeper Milwaukee squad entering his age-30 campaign. Rather than because of any affinity for Leuer, the Bucks' main motivation in the deal was to free up extra salary-cap space by shedding Snell's onerous contract. The financial flexibility should improve the Bucks' chances of re-signing impending free agents Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon.
Leuer will start Monday's game against the Cavaliers in place of Blake Griffin (rest), Keith Langlois of Pistons.com reports. Leuer hasn't played a second in any of the last three games, and he wasn't even active for a matchup with the Lakers on Friday, but he'll move into the lineup alongside Andre Drummond up front. The Wisconsin product has appeared in only five games since the start of February.
Leuer is inactive for Friday's game against the Lakers, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports. Leuer has played in just two of Detroit's previous nine games, so it's unsurprising that he's listed as inactive.
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