Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Shabazz Napier (13) celebrate after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Heat Trying to Move Up to Draft Shabazz Napier


The Miami Heat are aggressively trying to move up in Thursday’s NBA draft and are targeting UConn point guard Shabazz Napier, according to ESPN’s Chad Forde.

Forde says the Heat are looking to move backup point guard Norris Cole in order to get the rookie.

It is no surprise that the Heat are targeting Napier, who was recently invited to attend the draft in Brooklyn. A seat in the green room is usually reserved for potential lottery picks, so Miami may feel like its only chance to get Napier is to trade up.

The Heat are likely looking to replace Mario Chalmers, who was benched in the last game of the season. He is set to be a free agent.

LeBron James is known to be high on Napier.

The No. 26 pick and young Cole should be enough to move up to grab Napier. Potential trade partners include the Orlando Magic (who pick at No. 12), Minnesota Timberwolves (13), Phoenix Suns (14 and 18), Atlanta Hawks (No. 15) and Chicago Bulls (No. 16 and 19).

A trade won’t happen until after the Heat pick. Due to the Stepien Rule (which states a team cannot trade first-round picks in consecutive years. The Heat have promised next season’s pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers), the Heat cannot trade the No. 26 pick before they select a player. Basically, a team picking before Miami would have to choose Napier, tell Miami who to pick later and then swap Miami’s selection and Cole for Napier.

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