Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

First trade domino falls as Dwight Howard gets traded

First trade domino falls as Dwight Howard gets traded

Dwight Howard had a very good season, averaging 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds with 1.6 blocks per game.

The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov, two future second-round picks and cash, league sources told ESPN.

One of those Nets picks is the 45th overall selection in Thursday's NBA Draft, while the other is said to be in 2021.

The deal can't be completed until the moratorium ends on July 6.

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Brooklyn obviously won't be a contender next season, but Howard still could give the club some positive momentum entering next offseason, where it will have the opportunity to sign two max-level free agents. He is due to make $23.8m this season, the final year of his contract. 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.

Howard had back surgery in 2012 and has struggled to recapture the form and explosiveness of the first half of his career.

He played in only 31 games last season for the Nets, averaging 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. 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.

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