As it turns out, the Grizzlies weren’t done making trades after all! Today, they acquired backup center Dexter Pittman and a second-round draft pick from the Miami Heat. They received Pittman and the pick for basically nothing, with the Heat only receiving a trade exception in return.
Obviously, this is a relatively mundane move, as the Grizzlies had already made their big trades last month, when they shipped Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors. Still, it’s not inconceivable that Pittman could be somewhat productive for the Grizzlies. Let’s keep in mind that after the trade of Marreese Speights to the Cavaliers, Coach Hollins expressed disappointment that the team no longer had a true backup center. In Pittman, the Grizzlies now have a legitimate 5 off the bench.
Still, I wouldn’t expect to a whole lot of playing time for Pittman. He was barely playing for the Heat when they made the deal, and while he is more of a true center, he lacks the skill set of Darrell Arthur and Ed Davis, who will likely continue to be the primary bigs off the bench.
The most likely outcome is that Pittman will take on a role similar to what Hamed Haddadi did before he was shipped to Toronto. This is to say he won’t be a rotation player, but he will get occasional bursts of playing time, and once in awhile, we might see him make a big play. It’s not an earth-shattering move for the Grizzlies, but it adds a little more depth to the roster, which might come in handy when the playoffs come around.
It’s hard to get excited about move like this, especially when the player in question has scored only six points all season (no, seriously), but the Grizzlies basically gave up nothing to get him, so it would be pretty hard for this move to have a net negative effect on the Grizzlies organization. The worst this trade will do is nothing.