Hornets Agree To Trade Dwight Howard To Nets For Timofey Mozgov

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2018

As first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to send Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Timofey Mozgov and two second round draft picks.

The Hornets also will receive two second-round draft choices.

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

The Hornets are in a delicate place, with a ton of bad contracts on their roster and a bona fide star in Kemba Walker who will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

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This marks the second straight season in which a team was determined to give Howard away for pennies on the dollar, just to get him out of its locker room.

New Hornets general manager Kupchak signed Mozgov to a four-year, $64m deal in 2016 when both were with the Lakers.

While the move allows the Hornets to unload Howard's contract and save about $7 million under this year's salary cap, it is a bit of a gamble because Mozgov has two years remaining on his current contract at $16 million per year.

Mozgov, 31, averaged 4.2 points per game and 3.2 rebounds in 31 games for the Nets last season. He holds career averages of 17.4 points per game and 12.7 rebounds. The Hornets will be Mozgov's sixth National Basketball Association team in seven seasons.

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