The Orlando Magic officially announced Monday the acquisition of Shabazz Napier, as well as cash considerations, via trade with the Miami Heat. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports first reported word of the deal Sunday, and the teams consummated it one day later.
The Magic will get essentially a free look at Napier, a 24-year-old point guard, as they only sent a top-55 protected 2016 NBA Draft pick to Miami in return. The only way Miami will receive that pick is if the Magic finish with one of the NBA's five best records in the season ahead.
Napier starred in four seasons at Connecticut, which tenure he capped by winning a national title and earning Most Outstanding Player honors for his play in the Final Four. He had an uneven rookie season with the Heat, however, shooting just 38.6 percent from the floor and posting an assist-to-turnover ratio of below 2:1. Perhaps he can find surer footing in Orlando under new coach Scott Skiles, a former NBA point guard.
It stands to reason the cash Miami sent the Magic in the trade will offset the bonus Napier earned for playing in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Napier played one game there, scoring 14 points with four boards, six assists, and one turnover. Bobby Marks, a former member of the Brooklyn Nets' front office, highlighted Napier's bonus in a tweet Sunday.