The Orlando Magic will add another young point guard to their roster, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, when they formally acquire Shabazz Napier from the Miami Heat. The trade is not yet official, but will not cost the Magic anything: as Josh Robbins notes, the future second-round pick Orlando will send to Miami for Napier is top-55 protected.
In his rookie season out of Connecticut, Napier made 51 appearances, averaging 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists on 38.2 percent shooting from the floor.
While he's yet to distinguish himself at the NBA level, Napier turned heads with his play at Connecticut, which ended with a national championship in 2014. As a senior, Napier averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists. In the title game, a 60-54 victory over Kentucky, Napier scored a game-high 22 points--including four three-pointers--to go with six boards, three assists, and three steals.
Elfrid Payton stands as Orlando's point guard of the future, and the Magic boast, in free-agent signee C.J. Watson, one of the league's better backups at the position. Nonetheless, the Magic can certainly benefit from taking a look at the 24-year-old Napier. After all, they certainly can't beat the price.