Dwight Howard deal positions Nets for big moves in 2019-20

Dwight Howard has played 14 NBA seasons. More

Dwight Howard has played 14 NBA seasons. More

While the lesser details (ahem, players) have changed, there are some constants: It's another offseason of Dwight Howard changing National Basketball Association teams, and the second consecutive summer he's been traded on June 20, for just a fraction of his value as a player.

Wednesday morning, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Nets were finalizing a trade with the Charlotte Hornets to acquire Howard.

In fact, between the Hornets' Howard trade and the National Basketball Association draft a day away, a deal between the two teams could be coming sooner rather than later. 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. LeBron James could also become a free agent that year if he opts into the last year of his current deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that seems unlikely.

The Hornets will get the Nets' second-round pick Thursday night (45th overall) and a second-round pick in 2021, the person said.


The deal can't be completed until the moratorium ends on July 6. He now heads to the Nets, who will be his sixth team in the last six years.

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

Mozgov's numbers pale in comparison to Howard's. Point guard D'Angelo Russell reacted to the big news. By contrast, Howard has averaged 17.4 points, 12.7 rebounds and two blocks per game since joining the league in 2004.

Getting Timofey Mozgov's contract off the books is a huge salary cap win for the Nets.

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