The Miami Heat got their man.
Miami reportedly traded the Nos. 26 and 55 picks in addition to a future second-rounder to the Charlotte Hornets for Shabazz Napier, per ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst:
Heat will trade No. 26, No. 55 and a future 2nd to the Hornets for Shabazz Napier— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 27, 2014
Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick and Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post pass along Pat Riley's take on Napier:
Riley: "We feel very excited about him and what he can bring. Two-time champion, high motor guy, character guy."— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) June 27, 2014
Pat Riley says the Heat have had an eye on Shabazz Napier for the last 3 years. "We liked him. We rated him high."— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) June 27, 2014
LeBron James called Napier "my favorite player in the draft" on Twitter:
My favorite player in the draft! #Napier— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 27, 2014
Windhorst added more on James thoughts on Napier:
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
Back in April, LeBron also tweeted out "No way u take a PG in the lottery before Napier," per ESPN.com's Chad Ford. Some wonder if the Heat's pursuit and subsequent acquisition of Napier may strengthen James' willingness to re-sign with the Heat after opting out of his contract.
Either way, Miami got a talented point guard who makes unrestricted free agent Mario Chalmers more expendable, thus freeing up more money for James, Bosh, Wade and whatever other stars the Heat are targeting.