In a trade deadline move that no one saw coming, the Miami Heat traded Dexter Pittman and their 2013 second-round draft pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for the draft rights to center Ricky Sanchez and a trade exception—according to ESPN.com.
The only real purpose for making this trade was for the Heat to open up a roster spot so they could try to add a big man before Mar. 1.
Without many other top "big-man" candidates for the Heat to sign, this move seems more and more like a head-scratcher.
While it's certainly a weird move, it is one that honestly has no impact on the Heat's current roster or the product they put on the floor night in and night out.
Dexter Pittman Trade Grade: B
The other trade the Heat made before the 3:00 p.m. ET trade deadline was the wisest move they could've made. It involved trading absolutely no one and keeping their already stellar roster exactly the same.
By not moving anyone valuable on their roster, the Heat made a commitment to the chemistry that already exists.
As we've seen recently with the Heat's nine-game winning streak, that chemistry appears to be only growing stronger. With LeBron James playing at a historic level and guys like Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier fitting nicely into Erik Spoelstra's system, the Heat are right where they need to be.
The last thing the Heat needed to do was blow up their roster with a blockbuster move, or even move a veteran player like Udonis Haslem or Mike Miller coming off the bench.
Pat Riley displayed his aptitude for making intelligent moves by deciding not to move anyone of value.
Now it's time to just sit back and let LeBron lead the Heat to a second straight NBA title.
Overall Trade Deadline Grade: A
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