Nets trading for Dwight Howard in National Basketball Association stunner

Annette Crawford
June 20, 2018

48 hours before the start of the National Basketball Association draft and we have our first dominoe to fall.

Wednesday morning, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Nets were finalizing a trade with the Charlotte Hornets to acquire Howard.

Sources: Charlotte traded Dwight Howard to Brooklyn for Timofey Mozgov, two second-rounders and cash considerations.

The 32-year-old Howard, who played better in his lone season with the Hornets than he had over the last several years, will make $23.8 million next season on an expiring contract. By dealing Mozgov and letting Howard's contract expire, Brooklyn will save $17 million entering the 2019-20 campaign, according to Wojnarowski, which will allow the team to create two maximum salary slots. He has also suited up for the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks. The eight-time All-Star and three-time defensive player of the year averaged 16.6 points per game and 12.5 rebounds with the Hornets in 2017-18.

Mozgov had been openly unhappy with his lack of playing time in Brooklyn.

Last season, he ranked third in the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game (12.5) fourth in double-doubles (53), ninth in blocks (1.6) and 11th in field-goal percentage (55.5 percent).

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