Heat clear a roster spot, sending center Dexter Pittman and a draft pick to the Grizzlies

The Miami Heat have traded backup center Dexter Pittman and a second-round pick in this year's draft to the Memphis Grizzlies for the rights to center Ricky Sanchez.

The teams struck the deal Thursday, not long before the NBA's 3 p.m. trading deadline.

Pittman appeared in only four games this season for Miami, where he was often either on the inactive list or playing for the team's Sioux Falls affiliate in the NBA Development League.

Over Pittman's three seasons, he played in 41 games, almost all as a reserve, and averaged 2.8 points.

Sanchez is playing in Argentina and does not count against one of Miami's 15 roster spots. Sanchez was selected by Portland in the second round of the 2005 draft, and has never appeared in the NBA.