Is Shabazz Napier Going To Be Enough To Keep LeBron James In Miami?
In the days leading up to the 2014 NBA Draft last night, we heard time and time and time again that the Miami Heat were very interested in selecting UConn point guard Shabazz Napier with their pick. In fact, we heard that they were interested in trading up if they had to to get Napier. And it’s not necessarily because they were wowed by Napier, either. It was because LeBron James seems to love what Napier brings to the table. During the 2014 NCAA Tournament, LeBron sent out a tweet about Napier. And ever since then, the perception has been that the Heat would try and bring him on board this summer in order to entice LeBron to stay with the Heat for the foreseeable future.
Now that the Heat have Napier in their grasp, though, is it going to be enough to convince LeBron to re-sign with the Heat this summer? Or are they going to be stuck with a guy that they may or may not want when LeBron bolts the team and heads elsewhere?
The truth is that Napier probably will be enough to convince LeBron to stay. But that’s only because we think that, Napier or not, LeBron was going to head back to Miami anyway. Even though he opted out of his current contract recently and will become a free agent next week, LeBron isn’t going anywhere. Him opting out was just his way of saying, “Get it together, Heat. Get it together.”
And that’s exactly what the Heat are trying to do right now. They acquired the rights to Napier, but they’re also looking at other options for improving their team. For instance, they are said to be interested in doing a sign-and-trade deal for Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry sometime in the near future. Lowry would give the Heat an excellent point guard presence and fill a hole that the Heat need to fill. And the team is also looking into the possibility of adding a quality big man, too. Kendrick Perkins is one guy on their radar, but they’re looking at other options as well. It’s what they need to do in order to show LeBron that they’re serious about making a return to the NBA Finals next season.
Will it be enough? That’s yet to be determined. But if LeBron ends up leaving Miami, it won’t be because the Heat didn’t try to do everything they possibly could to build a better team around him. They proved that last night by picking up Napier in the draft, and they’re going to continue proving it in the coming days and weeks. One way or another, they’re going to show LeBron just how badly they want him back.