The Miami Heat decided to trade out of the first round of this year's NBA Draft and received a future lottery protected pick from the Philadelphia 76ers -- most likely for the 2013 draft -- and in return received this year's No. 45 pick. With only the second round pick the Heat drafted center Justin Hamilton from LSU.
ESPN's Chad Ford is handing out grades for the 2012 NBA Draft, and he was not a fan of what the Heat did since they past over some great players who they could have taken at No. 27. Ford's grade to the Heat was an F:
I think the Heat blew this one. Arnett Moultrie, at No. 27, was a great fit for Miami. He's big, he led the SEC in rebounding, he's an elite athlete and he can even stretch the floor a bit. If they didn't like him, Draymond Green, Jeff Taylor and a bevy of shooters to replace Mike Miller were sitting there begging to be taken.
They did get a future lottery-protected pick from the Sixers that they'll like receive in 2013 (assuming the Sixers make the playoffs), but next year's draft is much weaker. Hamilton is a big guy, but he's a project and probably ends up overseas.