Miami Heat trade away exciting star - summer arrivals meant action needed

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Rewind to this time last year and Miami Heat fans were looking forward to seeing what recently crowned Final Four Most Valuable Player, Shabazz Napier, could do in the pros after arriving in South Florida via the Charlotte Hornets in a draft-night trade.

Now though, after a season of false dawns ultimately cut short by injury, fans are going to have to watch the point guard's development from a far.

That's because, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Napier is to be traded to the Orlando Magic.


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Money move

Shabazz Napier, alongside Chris Anderson and Mario Chalmers, have all been spoken about this offseason as potential departures as the Heat look to balance the books a little after a busy free agency period that has seen Dragic and Wade sign big money extensions and A'mare Stoudemire sign on in Miami.

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With the former Connecticut man off the books, the Heat will have a reduced luxury tax bill when it comes to the 2015-16 season.

Napier averaged 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 51 appearances during his rookie season as the Heat struggled to adjust to a post-LeBron James world.

Now linking up with the Orlando Magic, the 21-year-old will join a host of fellow youngsters looking to help the Florida franchise improve.

Napier will serve as a back up to second year PG Elfrid Payton whilst the Magic roster also includes Victor Oladipo.

Heat fans: Is this a good move, or should your team have kept faith with Napier? Have your say in the comments below...

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