Miami Heat want Shabazz Napier

The Miami Heat has its sights set on former UConn point guard Shabazz Napier for Thursday’s NBA draft.

ESPN reports that Heat president Pat Riley Likes Napier because he is fond of “four-year players who can come in and contribute right away.”

“Right after the NBA Finals, Riley flew out to work out Napier, a Heat source told After the workout, the Heat tried to convince the former Huskies star to stop his workouts so that he’d fall to the Heat with pick No. 26.”

According to ESPN though, Napier is a hot commodity and is not likely to pick the Heat.

“Teams as high as the Orlando Magic at No. 12, the Atlanta Hawks at No. 15, the Chicago Bulls at No. 16 and the Boston Celtics at No. 17 are all seriously considering drafting Napier, according to various team sources.”

Lebron James, who just made headlines for opting out of his contract to be a free agent with the Miami heat, is also a Napier fan.

“James tweeted during the NCAA title game in April: ‘No way u take a PG in the lottery before Napier.’

Read the full story at ESPN.

Lidia Ryan