Now we know Shabazz Napier won’t be playing with LeBron James after all. In fact, the Miami Heat will likely be a shell of what they were when next season begins. The summer league, which concluded Friday, was the first step in preparing Napier for what could be a larger role as a rookie.
In the Heat’s fifth and final game, Napier played 28 ½ minutes, going 1-for-4 from the floor, 0-for-2 on three-pointers, with two rebounds, seven assists, three steals and five turnovers. Miami (1-4) lost to Oklahoma City 103-98. Jeremy Lamb, who had averaged 17.3 points per game, did not play for the Thunder on Friday.
Napier’s final stats in Orlando: 27.5 miniutes, 10.8 points, 14-for-51 from the floor, four assists per game.
Neither Niels Giffey (Grizzlies) nor Lasan Kromah (Nets) got into a game in Orlando.
The Las Vegas summer league starts up Friday night. DeAndre Daniels, with Toronto, playing the Lakers at 6 p.m.