Report: Magic get Napier from Heat for 2nd round pick


VIDEO: Shabazz Napier shares some of the lessons learned from his rookie season in Miami

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Shabazz Napier‘s time with the Miami Heat is up.

He’s headed to Orlando in exchange for a second round pick, as first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, ending his brief tenure with the Heat after just one season. A first round Draft pick in 2014, and the player LeBron James declared his favorite heading into that Draft, Napier will join a crowded point guard situation in Orlando.

Orlando already has a budding young talent in starter Elfrid Payton and a veteran backup in C.J. Watson. Napier averaged 5.8 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds in just 19.8 minutes per game for the Heat, who have three point guards — Goran Dragic, Mario Chalmers and Tyler Johnson — remaining on their roster.

The Heat wills save money ($1.3 million salary for Napier) and give themselves some roster flexibility by making the move. The Magic, meanwhile, fill out their point guard rotation with yet another first round talent and a young player they can mold in whatever way coach Scott Skiles wants to in his first season on the job.

 

 

9 Comments

  1. If I were the Heat I would have kept Napier and traded Chalmers.

  2. Fred says:

    Nappier was LeBron’s choice; both are gone now. Maybe we can move on. Heat are still a very talented team at the point guard position.

  3. dj blart says:

    if they trade shabazz for norris cole

  4. dj blart says:

    i predict, in 2 years, magic will have 3rd best backcourt in the league

  5. Deutztony says:

    I didn’t expect Napier to be traded to Orlando,Napier could be a future PG in Miami and can be as skilled as Wade in the future. So sad…

  6. ERIC says:

    Not at all happy this kid has heart and brought energy whenever he played I don’t understand why they even bothered drafting him and then going him away makes no sense to me. Getting rid of Chalmers I get he fades when the game is on the line and was basically no where in the last series against San Antonio.

  7. rskinzluva says:

    Napier,i thought,was a good PG. Now he’s going to a worse situation,but he’s a fighter and Skiles likes players like that. Yet,i see him traded again since Payton is the starter,but Napier is starter material too.

    • Antonio willing says:

      He is not starters material though! Nice 3rd PG to have, but a long way from starter!

  8. harriethehawk says:

    I bet Shabazz Napier is not amused by this move a all. But it’s part of the NBA.