8-time NBA All-Star Dwight Howard traded to Charlotte Hornets

Lynette Rowe
June 21, 2017

The Vertical first reported the trade and the details were confirmed to 11Alive.

Howard and the 31st pick in the 2017 NBA Draft will be traded to the Hornets in exchange for Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! This will be Howard's fifth team in seven seasons. Atlanta's ownership group hired the former Golden State Warriors executive in a pivotal offseason that includes major free agency decisions on Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr.

Howard joins a Charlotte franchise that finished last season with a record of 36-46, missing out on the playoffs.

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The Hornets traded for the big man Tuesday night in the latest National Basketball Association blockbuster deal two days before the draft. The center averaged just 2.5 points per game in all of past year and 2.1 rebounds per game.

Howard, 31, is an eight-time All-Star center, but has fallen out of favor in consecutive years with Atlanta and Houston, and could get the career reboot he needs joining the Hornets and coach Steve Clifford. He was selected to the All-NBA First Team from 2008-2012.

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