Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Charlotte Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets

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Isaac Mcdaniel | 21 June, 2018, 19:35

The 32-year-old Howard was only on the Hornets for one season and actually had strong averages of 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game. According to former National Basketball Association player Brendan Haywood, members of the Hornets' locker room had grown "sick and tired" of the antics of the big man.

The trade frees up immediate financial space for Charlotte, which found itself right up against the tax with a roster that missed the 2018 playoffs, and frees up Brooklyn to potentially sign two max-salary players in free agency next year.

The deal is particularly fascinating because Brooklyn was able to dump Mozgov's contract, which they took exactly one year ago to the day when they acquired D'Angelo Russell from the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Nets will be Howard's sixth National Basketball Association team in the past eight seasons and his fourth different franchise in four years.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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Howard went to Charlotte and declared himself team leader - despite the presence of Walker, the franchise player.

Mozgov appeared in 31 games last season, averaging 4.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg while shooting 55.9 percent in 31 games.

Howard's just a piece of the puzzle, no longer a centerpiece.

The deal won't be completed until after the salary cap moratorium ends on July 6, because the Nets do need some of their expiring contracts to clear before taking on Howard's contract. The Atlanta Hawks did the same thing last summer when they sent Howard to Charlotte for Marco Belinelli and Mason Plumlee.

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