The Miami Heat were targeting Shabazz Napier in the draft this year and while they were unable to pull the trigger on a trade before the draft that landed them a higher pick, they simply waited until he was picked to trade with the team who selected him.
That team ended up being the newly re-minted Charlotte Hornets and as a result of the trade, there could be a few major things that happen with the Heat roster in 2014-15. For starters, he’s the guy LeBron James wanted, so that right there makes him instantly worth the trade but he serves a greater purpose than that.
With his contract expiring and the sour taste of his pitiful NBA Finals performance still stinging the tongues of Heat fans, Mario Chalmers appears to be done in Miami. He was never really going to get that great of an offer from Pat Riley — assuming he was going to be getting one at all — and with Napier coming to town to be paired with Norris Cole, the Heat have zero purpose for Chalmers anymore.
You have to feel a little bad for him, as he entered the NBA Finals thinking he was in line for a massive payday in the summer and is now unwanted and unloved by everyone including the Heat who just replaced him with a star prospect. Chalmers may still return, but he’ll have to take an embarrassingly low salary to do so and that’s assuming the Heat even give him the time of day to offer him a deal.