Hornets trade Dwight Howard to Brooklyn for Timofey Mozgov, draft picks

Nets may be finally digging out of worst NBA trade ever with Dwight Howard swap

The Nets will be Howard's sixth National Basketball Association team in the past eight seasons and his fourth different franchise in four years.

In a shocking reveal Wednesday morning, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that a trade involving Howard to the Nets is being finalized.

One further level of irony here is that the new general manager of the Hornets, Mitch Kupchak, not only traded for Howard when he was running the Lakers six years ago, but also signed Mozgov to his four-year, $64 million albatross of a deal, one which has now been moved twice in the two years since Mozgov signed it.

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Of course, the Nets are still set up to be next season, but fortunately for Nets fans, starting in 2019 the team will have all of its first round draft picks again, according to RealGM.

The Hornets will acquire Russian center Timofey Mozgov.

The Nets will save almost $17 million on the trade in the 2019-20 season, allowing them to create two max salary slots for 2019 free agency. Next season is the final year of the three-year, $70.5 million contract he signed with the Atlanta Hawks in the Summer of Exploding Cash before being dealt to Charlotte two days before the 2017 NBA Draft. The 31-year-old averaged 11.6 minutes, 4.2 points, and 3.2 rebounds per game. It's no surprise to see that he did not want Howard on his team this time around.

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If that's the case, the Nets could simply waive him, eat the $23.8 million cap hit and free up the two max slots for 2019-20. Howard, on the other hand, averaged 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game over 81 games.

Nonetheless, we'll see what happens with Dwight Howard going forward.

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