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Pat Riley discusses draft acquisition; Shabazz Napier talks about joining Heat; Birdman free agent update

The Miami Heat president explains the decision to aggressively pursue the two-time NCAA champion on Draft Day.

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Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald transcribed parts of the Pat Riley 1:00 am press conference that took place at the conclusion of the 2014 NBA Draft where he talks more in-depth about why the team targeted the former UConn starting point guard:

"He's a winner. He's talented and he's skilled and you just have to watch him play the game and there's a competitive level we all like."

"I like veteran, mature players. I'm not saying all young players don't make it, but we all want to win now. The more maturity you can get and experience you get, the better off you are."

"I fell more in love with him the closer you got to the pick."

"He's going to compete, just like Norris [Cole]. They're both cut out of the same cloth, competitive players, highly conditioned. They're cut out of the same cloth. Mario [Chalmers] is a free agent, so we've got to deal with that. So we'll have some depth at the position."

Napier himself talked with local media via conference call:

"When I found out I was going to the Miami Heat, I was happy. I was ecstatic I'm playing for the Heat."

"Me and Pat Riley were talking for a little bit after I worked out for them. He was giving me a lot of advice about the NBA and adjustments. When you come into this league, you have to want to be the best. That's what I want to be. He never sugercoated anything. I cherish and appreciate [his advice]."

Napier, on LeBron praising him on Twitter: "For one of the best players in the world to be intrigued by my talent is something so special to me. One of the best players, if not the best players, is recognizing my [talent]. I appreciate it."

Additionally, Birdman spoke with Joseph Goodman, also of the Herald, on Thursday about his free agency situation, saying he will wait for the Big 3 to decide their futures first: "Big money goes first."

"I got a tan, so it's growing on me pretty good now," the player formally known as Chris Andersen said of Miami.

Read the rest of the Herald post right here.