The Miami Heat ended up getting the guy they were targeting in the NBA Draft last night as UConn Huskies star point guard Shabazz Napier wasn’t selected by the Heat but he was nevertheless acquired in a trade with the Charlotte Hornets.
One of the reasons the move was made was to try and reach the first step of convince LeBron James to return to Miami next season. While the Heat knew that LeBron wanted Shabazz bad, they never consulted him before pulling the trigger on the trade that landed him.
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
This isn’t all that surprising as the Heat really owe LeBron James nothing at this point since he’s not really a part of the team. He opted out earlier in the week and is a free agent now, meaning that the Heat trading for Shabazz Napier was a gesture of good faith.
Shabazz Napier alone will not be enough to convince LeBron to return to Miami in 2014-15, but it’s not going to hurt either. The bottom line is the Heat made an effort and LeBron is already happier than he was a week ago.