Miami Heat News: Heat Trade Shabazz Napier to Orlando Magic for Draft Pick

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Oct 7, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Shabazz Napier (13) dribbles the ball in the second half of a game against he Orlando Magic at American Airlines Arena. The Magic won 108-101in over time. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

It appears Shabazz Napier’s tenure with the Miami Heat has come to an end.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Napier will be traded to the Orlando Magic with the Heat receiving a protected second-round pick in return.

Napier struggled with his play throughout the season, even being demoted to the D-League on a couple of occasions. His season came to an end after a hernia injury suffered in March. He averaged 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 19.8 minutes per game last season.

The Heat acquired Goran Dragic last February and re-signed him to a multi-year contract earlier this month. Dragic will be the team’s starting point guard this season.

Napier’s cap hit for the 2015-16 season was a mere $1.3 million. Even with Miami facing penalties for being over the luxury tax line, keeping the young point guard on the roster would have done little damage in terms of money.

It’s possible the franchise is clearing roster space with the intention of keeping second-round draft pick Josh Richardson on the active roster during the regular season.

Either way, Napier’s run in Miami is unexpectedly over after just one season.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.