Heat Trade Rights to Arnett Moultrie to 76ers for No. 45, Future 1st-Round Pick

Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJune 28, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 18:  Arnett Moultrie #23 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs rebounds the ball against the Arizona Wildcats at the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches Vs Cancer at Madison Square Garden on November 18, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The 2012 NBA Draft didn't involve as many trades as speculated, but the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers just made one.

According to ESPN's Chad Ford, the Heat have agreed to trade the rights to Arnett Moultrie to Philadelphia for the No. 45 pick in this year's draft and a first-round pick in the future:

So in sum, Heat send draft rights of Arnett Moultrie to 76ers for 45th pick and a future first according to sources.

Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 29, 2012

This is a great move for the 76ers, as they now have the big man they definitely could have used in their playoff loss to the Boston Celtics.

Moultrie's real value comes in his versatility. He's tall and long enough to play solid defense against the power forwards of the league, but he's also quick enough to cover smaller players.

On offense, he can blow by the larger big men, shoot over smaller players and take just about anybody off the dribble thanks to his north-to-south quickness.

Moultrie will work well with the young 76ers. The former Mississippi State power forward can run the floor as effectively as any big man should and is explosive around the rim. He'll team up with Maurice Harkless to add to the already-youthful 76ers corps of solid players.

The Heat were looking at this situation in a more financially-minded way, rather than on the court. They save themselves a guaranteed contract by dealing Moultrie to Philadelphia, and they also give themselves another opportunity in a future draft.

Only time will tell which side got the better of the deal.