Senior Insider Reveals 6 Year NBA Veteran Set To Return To The United States Amid Russia-Ukraine Conflict

Published 02/27/2022, 10:30 AM EST

Veteran NBA guard Shabazz Napier is set to return to the United States amid the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Napier was recovering from his ankle injury and he was sent to join a EuroLeague team. But the conflict escalated and Napier is set to return to the United States.

Napier was part of Zenit Saint Petersburg of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. He was part of the NBA until a year ago with the Washington Wizards, but he went to Europe because he didn’t receive any offers. The Charlotte Hornets drafted Napier 24th overall in the 2014 NBA draft. But he was traded to the Miami Heat immediately.

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Former NBA player returns to the US after war breaks out in Europe

It was a very tense situation in Ukraine as Russian forces kept piling up on the border. Several countries had warned about an impending invasion and peace talks had stalled. And all hell broke loose, as Russia invaded Ukraine. Several of the Ukrainian citizens have fled the country and are seeking shelter in the neighboring regions. The United States government had also warned its citizens to move from outside the conflict area. It had evacuated its embassy staff a month ago, fearing invasion.

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This prompted Napier, who was set to play in Russia, to return home. He will look to continue his recovery back home and will hope to get an opportunity in the league soon. Napier is a two-time college champion with the University of Connecticut and was part of their Historic run in 2011. He is a solid player who can help with any team’s bench.

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He has improved each year in the league and he averaged over 11 points in his last season with the Wizards. He is also a threat from long range as he has shot just under 35% from three for his career. Napier will hope that he gets a workout soon as the teams have to finalize their roster by the end of the deadline.

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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