The Miami Heat acquired Shabazz Napier in a draft night deal in 2014, but now the team is already dumping the 24th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. Napier has been traded to the Orlando Magic for a protected future second-round pick, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Many thought the acquisition of Napier was done to appease LeBron James to try to get him to stay in Miami, but LeBron left for the Cleveland Cavaliers anyway. Now Napier is also gone, and he’ll be a part of a budding young team in Orlando that also features Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson at point guard.
The Heat had reportedly been trying to trade Mario Chalmers to help alleviate their luxury tax bill, but it appears Napier was the sacrificial lamb instead.
Napier’s stock rose in the draft thanks to his amazing NCAA Tournament run, but he had just a so-so rookie year that was cut short by a sports hernia. In 51 games he averaged 5.1 points and 2.5 assists in 19.8 minutes per game. He shot just 38.2 percent overall, although he knocked down 36.4 percent of his three-pointers.