Napier signed a one-year contract Monday with Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg, Eurohoops.net reports.
After failing to find work at the NBA level in 2020-21, Napier will reboot his career in the EuroLeague. The 30-year-old point guard's deal likely includes an opt-out clause that will allow him to pursue a return to the NBA, should teams submit an offer to his liking. Napier most recently appeared in 56 games between the Timberwolves and Wizards in 2019-20, averaging a career-high10.3 points to go with 4.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 three-pointers and 1.2 steals in 24.0 minutes per contest.
Napier (ankle) has been ruled out ahead of Thursday's game against the Celtics, Ava Wallace of The Washington Post reports.
Though the Wizards' most recent injury report lists Napier as available, Washington ultimately chose to err on the side of caution by keeping the point guard on the sideline with little on the line in the team's final seeding game in Orlando. Troy Brown will get the start at point guard in place of Napier, who may have played his last game in Washington since he's set to become a free agent this offseason. Napier averaged career-high marks in points (10.3), assists (4.7), rebounds (2.8), three-pointers (1.4), steals (1.2) and minutes (24.0) in 56 appearances with Minnesota and Washington in 2019-20.
Napier is not on the injury report for Thursday's game against Boston.
After missing the last two games, expect Napier to return to the fold -- likely in a bench role -- as the Wizards close out their season.
Napier (ankle) was ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Bucks, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Napier was considered questionable with the right ankle sprain, and he'll end up missing his second straight contest. Troy Brown will shift to point guard for the Wizards, with Jerome Robinson filling the open spot in the starting lineup.
Napier (ankle) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee.
The guard missed Sunday's game and could be headed for a second straight absence. Napier began seeding play as the starting point guard, but the Wizards pivoted to Ish Smith starting with an Aug. 3 matchup against Indiana.
Napier (ankle) is officially listed as out for Sunday's game against the Thunder.
While Napier's injury was initially expected to not be serious enough to hold him out of any contests, the guard will be forced to miss at least one game. The 29-year-old's first opportunity to return to the floor will come on Tuesday against the Bucks.
Napier is probable for Sunday's action against the Thunder due to a sprained right ankle.
Napier's injury isn't serious, so unless he takes an unexpected step back, we should bank on him to play against OKC. In the bubble, he's averaging 10.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 22.2 minutes.
Napier scored 16 points (6-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-4 FT) with two rebounds, four assists and a block in Monday's 111-100 loss to Indiana.
Although he came off the bench in this one, Napier was efficient with his playing time. Despite playing less, the 29-year-old registered more points, field goals and assists than he had in his prior two contests. He'll likely return to the starting five Wednesday against Philadelphia.
Napier will shift to the bench for Monday's game against the Pacers, Ava Wallace of the Washington Post reports.
Coach Scott Brooks is simply getting a look at a different lineup Monday, as Ish Smith will join the starters, while Napier will command the second unit. The former UConn standout is coming off a quiet game Sunday against Brooklyn that saw him post just five points (2-9 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 0-1 FT), three rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes.
Napier recorded nine points (3-6 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-3 FT), four rebounds, two steals and an assist across 20 minutes in Saturday's 105-10 scrimmage loss to the Clippers in Orlando.
The positional battle for the point guard spot remains open, but Napier garnered his second-straight start on Saturday. Ish Smith also played 29 minutes against the Clippers and scored 12 points. At the moment, the most likely scenario is a timeshare between Napier and Smith, which would limit their desirability as fantasy targets.
Napier posted nine points (3-4 FG, 3-3 3Pt), five assists and two steals across 17 minutes in Wednesday's 89-82 scrimmage loss to the Nuggets.
Wednesday marked the first night of restart scrimmages for the NBA. As expected, Napier drew the start for the depleted Wizards, who are missing John Wall (Achilles) and Bradley Beal (shoulder). Ish Smith (hamstring) came off the bench and played 19 minutes to Napier's 17. Shooting guard Troy Brown also spent some time running the offense and delivered five dimes. Napier averaged 25.2 minutes of run and eight starts in 15 games with Washington this year -- a sharp increase over his career average of 17.3 minutes per contest. Expect the UConn product to continue seeing big minutes for Washington when the restart officially begins.
Napier amassed 21 points (6-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six assists, three steals and two rebounds in 38 minutes during Tuesday's 122-115 win over the Knicks.
Napier drew another start and saw more minutes than every Wizard expect Bradley Beal. Ish Smith (hamstring) has missed four straight games, and Napier has been superb in the last two, combining for 48 points (on 26 field-goal attempts), 13 dimes, seven steals, seven threes and six boards across 78 minutes.
Napier had 27 points (6-14 FG, 4-8 3Pt, 11-14 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and four steals in 40 minutes during Sunday's 100-89 loss to the Heat.
Napier was tremendous for the Wizards, matching his career high in scoring. Ish Smith (groin) and Jerome Robinson (Achilles) were both out and could miss at least another couple of games. As long as that's the case, Napier might be worth a look in 12-team leagues.
Napier posted nine points (3-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and three steals in 25 minutes during Sunday's 124-110 win at Golden State.
Napier has started three consecutive games, averaging 9.3 points with 3.3 assists over that span. He's hit just 32.1 percent of his field-goal attempts during that stretch, and even though he's likely to remain as a starter moving forward, his production has not been high enough to make him a reliable fantasy asset outside of the deepest formats.
Napier will start Wednesday against the Nets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Napier, who is coming off his best game since joining the Wizards, will replace Ish Smith in the starting five. The guard has started 22 games this season, all with the Timberwolves, averaging 11.4 points, 6.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals across 27.7 minutes in those contests.
Napier had 27 points (10-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes off the bench during Monday's 137-134 overtime loss against the Bucks.
Napier is yet to start a single game since being traded to Washington, but this performance off the bench could result in more meaningful minutes moving forward. He is averaging 11.0 points, 4.3 assists and 41.4 percent from three-point range since joining the Wizards earlier this month.
Napier had six points (0-7 FG, 0-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), six assists and two rebounds in 21 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Grizzlies.
After dropping 14 points, three assists, two steals and even a block in his 18-minute Wizards debut, Napier couldn't find the net in this one, missing every single on of his shots from the field. In his first game with the team, Ish Smith saw 12 more minutes than him. However, this contest closed the gap a little more, as he received 21 minutes to Smith's 28. There's a real chance the playing time begins to be dispersed a little more evenly as Napier finds his rhythm with his new team, so he's worth consideration for fantasy teams in need of a point guard.
Napier (not injury related) will play Friday against the Mavericks, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Napier will make his Wizards debut Friday, coming off the bench behind Ish Smith. It's unclear what sort of role he'll hold with Washington, but it's possible he sees limited action Friday considering he hasn't had much time to familiarize himself with the team.
Napier is expected to be available for Friday's game against the Mavericks, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
The 28-year-old was traded from the Timberwolves to the Nuggets earlier this week and was then acquired by the Wizards on Thursday, but it appears he'll be available despite the quick turnaround. It remains unclear whether Napier will start or come off the bench, but there's a clear path to playing time with previous starting point guard Isaiah Thomas shipped to the Clippers. Napier started his last 22 games for Minnesota and averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.2 steals in 27.7 minutes.
Napier was traded from the Nuggets to the Wizards on Thursday in exchange for Jordan McRae (ankle), Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Napier is on the move again shortly after being sent to the Nuggets in a four-team, 12-player trade earlier in the week. The 28-year-old started 22 straight games for the Timberwolves before being traded -- averaging 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.2 steals in 27.7 minutes during that stretch -- but it's not yet known what role he'll play for the Wizards.
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