The NBA Draft is just a day away and the Miami Heat are scrambling to try and put together a decent class so that they can enter free agency with a head start to re-sign LeBron James.
While the Heat have showed little urgency in the recent past — even dating back to last summer when they coasted through a few bad signings — things have begun to pick up at a rapid pace and the Heat are getting very serious about the draft.
According to Chad Ford from ESPN.com, the Miami Heat are aggressively trying to trade up to draft Shabazz Napier out of UConn.
Sources: Heat aggressively trying to move up in draft. Target is Shabazz Napier. LeBron thinks he’s best PG in the draft & Heat need a PG
— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 25, 2014
This makes a ton of sense as the Heat have had their eyes on Napier for some time now but they’ve watched his stock inflate much higher than they’d be able to take him. There is talk of Napier going as high as No. 12 overall to the Orlando Magic, but as long as the Heat can get ahead of the Chicago Bulls at No. 16 overall they might be able to land Napier.
Either way, the Heat know who they want and they’re now out to get him in the 11th hour.