In a wild and crazy opening night of NBA free agency Husky legend Kemba Walker joined the Boston Celtics via sign-and-trade, and former teammate Jeremy Lamb also left the Charlotte Hornets, signing a three-year deal with the Indiana Pacers. Elsewhere around the league, Rudy Gay is signing an extension with San Antonio, and a little bit later in the night, Woj disciple Shams Charania gave notice that another former Husky would be switching teams in the NBA.
After less than a day with the Golden State Warriors, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski announced late Monday afternoon that Napier would actually be sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves alongside Treveon Graham and cash as part of the Russell sign-and-trade.
Golden State is moving Shabazz Napier, Treveon Graham and cash onto Minnesota, league sources tell ESPN. Napier and Graham are part of the D'Angelo Russell sign-and-trade.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2019
After starting his career with the Miami Heat as a first-round pick, Napier will be on his fifth team with the Timberwolves. The Roxbury, Massachusetts native did a great job of locking down a rotational role with the Brooklyn Nets after doing the same with the Portland Trailblazers for two seasons. Over five years, Napier has steadily increased his scoring average up to 9.7 points and also posted a career high in assists per game last season with 2.6 in 56 appearances for the Brooklyn Nets. Next season will be his sixth in the NBA after finishing his collegiate career at UConn in 2014 with two NCAA Championships.
Never forget, Shabazz is the man.