The Brooklyn Nets have acquired Dwight Howard from the Charlotte Hornets for Timofey Mozgov, two second round picks and cash. Shortly after, Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania confirmed the deal and the pieces being flipped. 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.
Mozgov, 31, now has a four-year, $64 million contract, which he signed with the Lakers in 2016. The Nets will need money to expire off the salary cap to take on Howard's salary.
Howard will be 33 in December and is set to play for his fourth team in four seasons. He now has a three-year, $70.5 million contract, which he signed with the Hawks in 2016. Howard averaged 16.6 points with 12.2 rebounds per game last season, including a massive game with 32 points and 30 rebounds against his new employer.
The 7-foot-1 Mozgov has not played a full 82-game season since 2013 and has averaged in double figures only once during his eight-year National Basketball Association career. From 2004-2014, Howard was named to the All-NBA Team eight consecutive times.
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Howard has never averaged less than 29.7 minutes per season (2016-17 with the Hawks) and has come off the bench one time in 1,035 career games.
Nonetheless, we'll see what happens with Dwight Howard going forward. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the teams have not announced the trade and the league can not approve the deal until the trade moratorium ends on July 6.
With the trade, the Hornets have opened up two max-salary slots for 2019 offseason.