Shabazz Napier Reportedly Traded to Heat After Being Selected by Hornets

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2014

Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Shabazz Napier (13) celebrate after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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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:

Bleacher Report's Ethan Skolnick and Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post pass along Pat Riley's take on Napier:

LeBron James called Napier "my favorite player in the draft" on Twitter:

Windhorst added more on James thoughts on Napier:

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.

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