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He was eventually traded to the Magic last summer, and is attempting to jump-start his career as a reserve point guard, hoping he has found a home. He was back in Boston on Friday night to reunite with family and friends. “It’s a great situation for me,” he said. “I’m happy to be here [in Orlando]. It’s a team that’s always improving. The transition, I think what I always look at is continue to be that person who always motivates myself, always pushes myself to be better. I always understood that each year you’ve got to bring something new to the table and that’s the only thing I focus on. I can’t focus on much of anything else that’s out of my control.”
The Heat traded Napier to Orlando on July 27 for a conditional second-round pick that was top-55 protected, essentially giving him away. “I’ve always understood the business. I got traded on draft night [from Charlotte to Miami],” Napier said. “I never allowed it to push me away from my ultimate goal. It’s still the same as a young kid growing up. It was just to play in the NBA, it was to make an impact. “I knew for a fact coming into my rookie year I wasn’t going to make the crazy impact I want to make as a young kid. It’s going to take time.”
Miami Heat minority owner Raanan Katz: “LeBron screwed us badly, we weren’t prepared for his departure from the Miami Heat. We made the wrong decisions because of LeBron James—he told us to draft a point guard [Shabazz Napier] who didn’t meet the expectations, but we chose him because that’s what LeBron wanted.”
After using the last several weeks to evaluate point guard Shabazz Napier, the Orlando Magic are planning to exercise their third-year option on him for the 2016-17 season. This preseason, Napier has averaged 10.2 points, 2.2 assists and 1.2 turnovers in 17.0 minutes per game.