According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, former Miami Heat center Dexter Pittman will play for the Clippers during the Las Vegas Summer League.
Dexter Pittman will play in Vegas Summer League with Clippers http://t.co/Mr6l9w5U20
— Sportando (@sportando) June 27, 2014
Dexter Pittman represents one of the many failures the Miami Heat have made in the draft since LeBron James joined the franchise.
Selected 32nd overall in the 2010 NBA Draft (ahead of Landry Fields, Lance Stephenson), Pittman appeared in 48 games in a span of three years as a member of the Miami Heat, averaging 2.8 points and 2.0 rebounds in the given time frame. Never developing that one skill that’d force the Heat to try him out while remaining overweight, all while failing to remain on the floor when given playing time–averaged 8.8 fouls per-36 minutes–Pittman was never able to break rotation, only receiving minutes when the Heat dealt with injury to the frontcourt.
Pittman’s lone highlight–or a ‘lowlight’, depending on how you choose to look at things–came against the Indiana Pacers in the 2012 NBA Playoffs when Pittman hit Pacers guard Lance Stephenson with a forearm shiver to the throat, causing him to be suspending a game.
The following season, Pittman was dumped alongside a 2nd round pick at the trade deadline to the Memphis Grizzlies for Ricky Sanchez. Pittman’s stint wouldn’t last long in Memphis as the team waived the Texas center two months later. Pittman would go on to sign contracts with the Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, and Houston Rockets, only playing for the Hawks, who would later release him once the frontline’s injury luck improved.
Even with the Clippers needing help behind DeAndre Jordan on the roster, it’s difficult seeing Pittman make a play for the 15-man roster unless his play has improved ten-fold since he last played an NBA game. If the Clippers can’t find room for Pittman on the roster, an excellent outing could lead to another team taking up Pittman as a project, hoping he can pan out for the future.