Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Charlotte Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets

Charlotte Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Brooklyn Nets

The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade big man Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, two future second-round draft picks and cash, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday, citing league sources. Shortly after, Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania confirmed the deal and the pieces being flipped.

Charlotte was determined to move Howard this offseason.

The Nets landed Mozgov last summer as a part of their trade for the Los Angeles' Lakers D'Angelo Russell.

Mozgov, first through his agent and later on a personal entry on Scorum, expressed his unhappiness with how his playing time vanished last season.

Dwight Howard is gone from Charlotte after just one season.

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New Hornets general manager Kupchak signed Mozgov to a four-year, $64 million deal in 2016 when both were with the Lakers. It's no surprise to see that he did not want Howard on his team this time around.

Mozgov, on the other hand, has two years, $32.7 million left on his contract.

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 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.

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