The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a trade that will send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov, two second-round picks and cash, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Charlotte is finalizing a deal to send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for Timofey Mozgov, league sources tell ESPN. Nets will save $17M on deal in 2019-20 season, allowing them to create two max salary slots.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 20, 2018
Dwight Howard Traded to Nets for Timofey Mozgov and Two Draft Picks
Howard who will be on the sixth team of his NBA career has a $23.8 million expiring contract. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year is far removed from his glory days with the Orlando Magic. Since leaving Orlando, he has been with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, and now the Nets. Hopefully, Howard brings some veteran leadership the Nets need in their locker room.
This trade saves Brooklyn close to $17 million in the 2019-20 season which will create two max-salary slots for 2019 NBA free agency. Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler, and Kawhi Leonard are some of the big names who could be set to be available next year.
The Hornets will get a second-round pick in the draft on Thursday night and a 2021 second-round draft pick. This trade also reunites Mozgov with general manager Mitch Kupchak from their days in Los Angeles. Kupchak actually signed Mozgov to his current four-year, $64 million contract during the summer of 2016.
Main Photo: LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 09: Dwight Howard of the Atlanta Hawks in attendance during the UFC 200 event on July 9, 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)