National Basketball Association trade grades: Hornets will deal Dwight Howard to Nets


The Charlotte Hornets chose to end the Dwight Howard era after one season on Wednesday morning, flipping the well-traveled big man to Brooklyn in exchange for Timofey Mozgov, a pair of second round draft picks, and some cash. Shortly after, Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania confirmed the deal and the pieces being flipped.

While the 32-year-old Howard undoubtedly is in the back nine of his career, he had a decent 2017-18 season for Charlotte, averaging 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds while playing in 81 of the team's 82 games.

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He added: "Somebody told me a long time ago - they said your book is already set [before the later stages of your career]. The first question is who should the third star be, and which teams are in a position to trade one?

Dwight Howard is on the move once again, and this time he's heading to the Brooklyn Nets.

The Hornets will also receive the Nets' second-round pick (No. 45) in Thursday night's draft and a 2021 second-round pick, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Hornets, who are in the midst of a major organizational shake-up, having already replaced their general manager and coach, could be on the verge of shaking up their roster, too. According to former player-turned-analyst Brendan Haywood, the Hornets locker room had just about had it with Howard's antics.

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This is a reunion of sorts for Mozgov.

The deal reunites Mozgov with Charlotte GM Mitch Kupchak, who signed him to the ludicrous four-year, $64 million deal in 2016's Summer of Exploding Cash when the salary cap skyrocketed due to the NBA's new television deal kicking in.

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Mozgov's numbers pale in comparison to Howard's. Besides Brooklyn, Mozgov has also played for the New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers in his 10 seasons in the National Basketball Association.