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Report: Heat interested in drafting PG Napier

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TSN.ca Staff
6/25/2014 12:58:17 PM
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The Miami Heat are reportedly highly interested in University of Connecticut point guard Shabazz Napier and are willing to move up in Thursday's NBA Draft to get him.

According to ESPN's Chad Ford, the Heat are aggressively pursuing options to acquire a higher pick in order to draft Napier who is widely regarded as one top point guards in this year's draft.

Miami owns the 26th overall pick and Ford says it's unlikely Napier will fall that far with the Orlando Magic (No. 12), Atlanta Hawks (No. 15), Chicago Bulls (No. 16) and the Boston Celtics (No. 17) showing interest.

LeBron James, who will become a free-agent on July 1 after opting out of his contract on Tuesday, has shown interest in Napier as well. He tweeted, "no way u take a PG in the lottery before Napier," during the NCAA title game between UConn and Kentucky in April.

Acquiring Napier might help convince James to stay in South Beach.

Shabazz Napier (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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