LeBron James’ appreciation for former UConn point guard Shabazz Napier is no secret, having Tweeted in April that he believes Napier is the best point guard in the draft.
Well, the Heat got his man.
My favorite player in the draft! #Napier
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 27, 2014
LeBron opted out to become a free agent, and Miami is working on putting a team together to make sure they don’t lose the four-time MVP. However Brian Windhorst is reporting that the Heat did not consult LeBron Thursday night.
The Heat did not consult with LeBron James on the Shabazz Napier pick, sources said. Though his thoughts were known.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 27, 2014
Miami pulled off a draft night trade to land Napier—who was chosen by the Charlotte Hornets at No. 24—for their draft selections at No. 26 and No. 55.
LeBron and the rest of the Heat were frustrated with Chalmers’ play in the NBA Finals, which led to Erik Spoelstra benching him in the final game of the season.
Napier, who shot 40.5 percent from three while averaging 18 points and 4.9 assists per game during his senior season, is believed to be an immediate upgrade to Chalmers.
There were reports that Miami would have to package the No. 26 pick along with Norris Cole to trade up for Napier, who attended the draft in Brooklyn Thursday night. However, Napier slid and the Heat were able to trade its two picks to land their target.
LeBron made his excitement over Napier known, and the Heat delivered.