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Heat trade the rights to Arnett Moultrie to Sixers

Jun 28, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

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Arnett Moultrie, the 6’11” power forward out of Mississippi State, was projected as a late-lottery or mid-first-round pick in most experts’ mock drafts. The Suns selected Kendall Marshall at 13, but had enough interest in Moultrie that they had him in for a second workout last week.

Despite the reported level of interest, Moultrie ended up dropping down the board a bit, falling all the way to the world champion Miami Heat at 27.

Since the Heat aren’t exactly looking to develop young talent at this point, they dealt Moultrie to the 76ers in exchange for the 45th pick in this year’s draft, along with a future first-rounder.

The Sixers selected Mo Harkless from St. John’s with the 15th overall pick earlier in the evening, and still have one more pick to go at 54 before the night is through.

Again, Moultrie was projected higher in the weeks leading up to the draft, so Philadelphia may have scored some value here. Hardly a blockbuster deal by any standard, but it’s a small move on a night devoid of any big ones thus far, so we’re passing it along.

  1. dondada10 - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Steal of the draft. This kid’s motor revs non-stop.

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Good deallll. The 76ers have lacked a legitimate shot-blocker since the departure of Dalembert and they still played great defense last year.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Good move. Don’t need to guarantee a rookie money at this point, so pick up a 1st in one of the years that we gave ours up for LeBron. And the big dude from LSU means we don’t have to guarantee Pittman any $. Well played.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:01 AM

      Just read the Heat guaranteed Pittman’s salary for next year. Shows what I know.

  4. phillyphan83 - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    better move than ANY of our actual picks, AND we get another 1st??? Effin sweet!!!

    • terrellblowens - Jun 29, 2012 at 1:38 AM

      no, we give a first…

    • obamablowz - Jun 29, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      Dude you get dumber and dumber by the comment! I know you don’t know hockey now this???!!! Do you actually take time to read the article before you start posting……

  5. sk1llz187 - Jun 29, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    great pick up for them sixers!! top 3-4 in the draft!!!

    • sk1llz187 - Jun 29, 2012 at 3:11 AM

      meant top 3-4 CENTER in the DRAFT!!

  6. flyers89 - Jun 29, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    Umm? Pretty sure the Heat got the future first kind of sounds like some of you think the heat gave up the player and a future first for the second round pick.

  7. tomtravis76 - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    The Heat dont need a draft anymore these next few years are all about what Vets want to come to Miami on league minimum vet contracts for a shot at a title. Its going to be hard for rookies to take roster spots, they will have to be real special or massive. Next up, Jason Kidd, Antwan Jamison, Kwame Brown. Would like to see Humphries down on the box but he still wants to get paid rather than win a title.

  8. canehouse - Jun 29, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    As usual!!!! Smart move by Pat Riley and company… Free Agent signing time!

  9. willardj - Jun 29, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    I’m a Sixers fan and I don’t like this move, but here me out.

    Moultrie is a talent, obviously. That’s why he’s being drafted into the NBA. But he has some weaknesses that scare me a little bit too much:

    1. His defense. If you look at scouting videos of him you will notice how awful he is at rotating and understanding the concept of team defense.

    2. His lack of a defined post game. A lot of scouts call him “raw” offensively.

    3. His character issues. There were instances where he would not hustle back on defense if he didn’t get passed the ball. He also called out his team to the media. I like how he has competitive spirit, but he takes his angry energy and turns it against the team instead of using it for the benefit of the team.

    Overall, he reminds me a lot of Marreese Speights. Another big man who can shoot the ball well and can rebound decently, but who also has little post game and struggles to play defense.

    Right now, I like Lavoy Allen and Nikola Vucevic better than this guy, so I’m not sure where he will get his minutes.

    • obamablowz - Jun 29, 2012 at 7:06 PM

      He’s a bit of a gamble, but if you’re not in the top 5 picking they’re all pretty much the same player. His character issues are why he fell so far so maybe it works out, maybe it doesn’t.

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