Miami Heat: Did the Heat Do the Right Thing at the 2012 NBA Trade Deadline?

Peter EmerickSenior Writer IIMarch 19, 2012

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The 2012 NBA trade deadline has come and gone, and the Miami Heat's roster looks exactly like it did when we started the 2011-12 NBA season.

While a lot of people think that the Heat, with the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, did the right thing by not making any moves at the trade deadline, I have to disagree.

Sure, the Heat have the the best trio in the NBA, but they can only do so much.

While the Big Three are averaging 68 points per game, the fact that they have no legitimate offensive threat at the center position is something that will come back to haunt them down the stretch of the regular season and into the 2012 NBA playoffs.

No, I'm not on the, "the Heat should've traded for Chris Kaman" bandwagon, because that move would have cost them too much, for little talent in return.

I'm actually on the, "the Heat should've traded for Jordan Hill" bandwagon, as trading for Hill would've been the kind of low risk/high reward move that could've benefited the Miami Heat during the final stretch and playoff run of this season.

Yes, I'm aware that Jordan Hill's statistical production of only five points and 4.8 rebounds per game isn't ridiculously impressive, but when you understand that he accumulated those totals in just 14.7 minutes per game, it makes those numbers that much more impressive.

Not only did Hill do quite a bit in Houston in limited minutes behind Samuel Dalembert, he also produced at the level he did with limited talent around him.

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The Houston Rockets aren't a bad team, but they aren't nearly on the same level that the Miami Heat are with LeBron, Wade and Bosh. If the Heat would've sought out and traded for Hill, they could have acquired a player with the potential to make an immediate impact, while at the same time learn from the ridiculous talent that's on the Heat's roster.

Instead of becoming a member of the Miami Heat, Jordan Hill was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for a first-round draft pick (from Dallas) and point guard Derek Fisher.

The Rockets went on to buy out the remainder of Fisher's contract, which makes one believe that the Heat could've realistically traded their 2012 first-round draft to Houston for Jordan Hill. This would have certainly been a solid transaction to make heading into the final stretch of the 2011-12 NBA season.

I'm not saying that the Heat absolutely needed to make a move for Jordan Hill at all costs, but it would've undoubtedly been an upgrade for the Heat who only have Eddie Curry and Dexter Pittman coming off the bench for Joel Anthony, who just so happens to be the worst offensive center in the game today.

While there wasn't necessarily a "right" move to make for the Heat before the trade deadline, I undoubtedly think that they made the worse of the two possible decisions.

Instead of staying put with the roster they have, the Heat should've made a move like the one mentioned above. Though it may seem like less of a big deal now, it could pay off when preparing for a deep run in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

What do you guys think? Did the Heat make the right move by staying put at the trade deadline? 

Let your thoughts be known in the comments section below.