No sooner did LeBron James laud the talents of Shabazz Napier on Thursday night than the Miami Heat made a move and landed the player from Connecticut’s national championship team.
First, James tweeted his assessment of Napier’s talents after the Charlotte Hornets took him with the 24th pick:
My favorite player in the draft! #Napier
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 27, 2014
Not long afterward, the Heat traded its 26th overall pick and two second-rounders for Napier, who averaged 18 points and 4.9 assists his senior season with the Huskies. Will it be the first step in a rebuilding process that will convince James to stay in Miami? Napier, obviously, hopes so.
“I would love it,” Napier said. “Me and LeBron’s relationship, he’s a great guy. I’ve been to his camps. Me and him chatted a few times at his camps. It’s just a special thing. It’s just special to know that one of the best players in the world thinks about you and appreciates your talent.”