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Heat get Shabazz Napier in the 2014 NBA draft

Heat get Shabazz Napier in the 2014 NBA draft

Posted by Liliana Castaño on June 27, 2014

The Miami Heat scored an experienced young guard and satisfied free agent-to-be LeBron James in one move by moving up to draft Connecticut's Shabazz Napier in Thursday night's NBA draft.

The Heat traded their first-round pick, No. 26 overall, and two second-round picks to theCharlotte Hornets to move up two spots to grab Napier with the 24th selection.

James praised Napier after he led Connecticut to a second NCAA title in the past four years but he did not consult with the Heat on the selection. However, James' thoughts on Napier were known in the organization, and the Heat spent several days investigating options to trade up to acquire him.

Napier said he hoped his arrival would help persuade James to return to Miami.

"I would hope so," Napier said. "He's one of the best players in the world. So if me going there helps him come back, it just betters our chances of being a complete team."

After the season, James called for the Heat to upgrade "at every position" before next season.

 

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