Napier, entering his second season out of UConn, was the Heat's first-round selection in the 2014 draft (24th overall). In 51 games, he averaged 5.1 points and 2.5 assists, shooting 38.2% from the floor in 19.8 minutes per game. He missed the final month of the season with a sports hernia.
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald tweeted that the move was made to clear salary and roster space. Napier was reportedly due $1.3 million this season. Trading him gets the Heat down to 16 players on the roster.
Jackson reports the Heat had been shopping both Napier and point guard Mario Chalmers.
The move gives Orlando both Napier and free-agent addition C.J. Watson to back up second-year point guard Elfrid Payton.
- Jeremy Woo