LeBron James tweeted Thursday that Shabazz Napier was his favorite player in the NBA Draft.
Now Napier is a member of James’s former — but possibly future — team after the Heat acquired the draft rights to Napier from the Hornets. Charlotte picked the former University of Connecticut guard with the 24th selection. A person familiar with the deal told the AP that the Hornets sent Napier to Miami for the 26th and 55th picks Thursday.
The person spoke to the AP Thursday on condition of anonymity because the trade had not yet been completed by the NBA.
The Heat selected P.J. Hairston at No. 26, and the former North Carolina guard, through the NBA Development League, will go to Charlotte.
Napier, a 22-year-old Roxbury native who attended Charlestown High, won his second national championship at UConn in April. He led the team with 18 points, 4.9 assists, and 1.8 steals per game, while second in rebounds (5.9).
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