NBA Trade Deadline: Miami Heat Ship Dexter Pittman to Memphis

No longer will there be news of Dexter Pittman being sent to the D-League and recalled by the Miami Heat every other week.

Well, you still might hear about it, but it’ll now be with the Memphis Grizzlies after the two executed a trade a little more than a hour before the trade deadline.

The Heat also sent a second-round pick to the Grizzlies. They received a trade exception and the rights to Ricky Sanchez in return.

Basically, the Heat valued an empty chair over Pittman. Miami drafted the 6’11″ center out of Texas with their second-round pick in 2010 and failed to see any improvement, despite numerous stints in the D-League. There was potential in Pittman’s footwork, but he consistently got into foul trouble. He never seemed to know when to give up for a rebound, often resulting in a foul 95 feet away from the basket.

In four games this year, Pittman was averaging 12 fouls per 36 minutes. He was averaging 1.5 points and 1.8 rebounds this season.

Pittman was given a legitimate chance to prove himself last year with Miami. He played in 35 games, starting in six, but was prone to fouling which resulted in 8.7 fouls per 36. He recorded a career-high in points with 16 in 18 minutes in a win over Charlotte, as well as a career high in rebounds with seven in 16 minutes against Chicago.

He also had an ill-fated start against the Indiana Pacers in Game 3 of the Heat’s semifinals series. In three minutes and 29 seconds, Pittman missed two shots, recorded a foul and let Roy Hibbert do whatever he wanted. It turned out that Ronny Turiaf and Shane Battier were better matches for the 7’2″ center.

The second-round pick they sent over would currently result in the Grizzlies having the 59th pick in next year’s draft.

Ricky Sanchez is currently playing in Argentina. He’s a 25-year-old 6’11″ forward from Puerto Rico who hasn’t recorded a single minute of NBA playing time since being drafted by Portland in 2005. The Heat aren’t likely to see him anytime soon, but for what it’s worth he shot 37 percent from beyond the arc in 50 D-League games in 2007.

Brian Windhorst is reporting the Heat have allegedly been in contact with free agent Kenyon Martin.

Topics: Dexter Pittman, Miami Heat, NBA, Nba Trade Deadline

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