Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyer Leonard will have season-ending surgery on his left shoulder that will rule him out of any potential playoff run.
Leonard has missed the Blazers' last five outings and it was revealed on Thursday night that he will miss the remainder of the season.
He suffered the injury during practice on March 16, dislocating his shoulder for the second time this campaign and will undergo surgery on April 8.
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The organisation will put together a timetable for the 24-year-old, who also missed seven games in November during his first shoulder issue.
The 7"1' Illinois product was in the midst of a career-high year as his minutes drastically improved with the huge turnover of personnel in Portland over the summer.
Having played 61 games this season, Leonard was averaging 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per 21.9 minutes on the hardwood. It was a vast increase on the 2014-15 season where he averaged 5.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 55 games.
The Trail Blazers have been going through a tough period lately; losing eight of their previous 12 games. However, they still sit sixth in the Western Conference.
With a 37-36 record, they are one and a half games ahead of the Houston Rockets, who occupy the final playoff spot, and the Utah Jazz, who are ninth.