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Former 1st-Round Pick, NCAA Champion PG Signs With New Team

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Next season will be Shabazz Napier's fifth in the NBA, and he will already be playing with his fourth different franchise.

Napier, a first-round pick of the Miami Heat in 2014, has signed with the Brooklyn Nets. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news of Napier's two-year deal.

Napier spent the last two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers. He played for the Orlando Magic in 2015-16 after spending his rookie season with the Heat.

A two-time NCAA Champion and the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player in 2014, Napier's NBA career hasn't taken off as hoped.

However, he is coming off his strongest pro season. Napier averaged 8.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game off the bench for the Trail Blazers this past year.

Napier is the latest example of the Nets trying to reshape their roster. Brooklyn has traded away Isaiah Whitehead and Jeremy Lin and brought in Kenneth Faried, Ed Davis and Darrell Arthur, among others.

The plan for Brooklyn is to acquire as many draft picks and clear as much cap space as possible, so the franchise can attempt to make a splash next year.

It has been a long road back for the Nets in the wake of their horrendous trade with the Boston Celtics in 2013, but the organization looks like it has a concrete plan moving forward.