The Miami Heat apparently did something smart toward persuading LeBron James to return to the team.
They seemed to have acquired his favorite young player, UConn point guard Shabazz Napier, who was selected by the Charlotte Hornets at No. 24 then traded to the Heat in exchange for the 26th and 55th picks, according to multiple reports.
Tweeted James: "My favorite player in the draft! #Napier."
James has been a huge proponent of Napier since the Huskies' March Madness run to the 2014 NCAA championship. James tweeted in April: "No way u take another PG in the lottery before Napier."
Napier averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game last season, shooting 40.5% from three-point range.
"I don't know if I'm bringing him back [to Miami]," Napier said of James, who exercised his early termination option this week to become a free agent this summer. "I would love it. 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. He's just a special thing."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times